Ibis hotel with 128 bedrooms could be coming to Romford’s town centre
PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:43 29 March 2018
A new Ibis hotel with 128 bedrooms could be coming to Romford’s town centre.
A planning application to build a hotel with an accompanying cafe or bar above the Co-op in South Street, was submitted by development company, Romford South Ltd to Havering Council, this month.
The proposal would mean three storeys added to the two storey building, with the entrance and reception area of the new hotel on the ground floor between the Co-op and the railway station.
Of the 128 rooms, four would be suites and 13 would be wheelchair accessible.
The proposal aims to create more than 30 jobs, such as general managers, sales assistants, social media managers and kitchen and bar staff.
Accor Hotels has confirmed its interest for the new hotel to use its Ibis Styles branding.
“The proposal presents a fantastic opportunity to help transform Romford Metropolitan Centre,” a statement read in the planning statement.
“It would address a quantitative and qualitative need for a mid-range hotel and would revitalise a key town centre location.
“It would deliver significant direct, indirect, and induced economic benefits for the local population and area.”
Romford South Ltd referred to Havering’s emerging local plan which supports development in town centres that “enhances and diversifies the borough’s hotel offer.”
The development would be car free, and because the Co-op is under a long lease and would remain open and unaffected.
A Romford South Ltd spokesman said: “We are very excited to be proposing a new hotel in the heart of Romford, with a view to being an Ibis Styles, sitting within the AccorHotels group.
“We believe it’s a win, win for Romford - it seeks to give a new lease of life to a crucial, gateway site next to the station, and helps boost Romford’s town centre economy.
“Such an investment in Romford is testament to the benefits we think that the Elizabeth Line will bring to the area, and we hope our scheme will be a catalyst for many more exciting regeneration projects to come.”
A decision regarding the planning application will be made by Havering Council by the end of May.
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