German hotel operator unveils how High Bridge boutique hotel will look

Work will start within weeks on a 222-bed hotel in Newcastle's High Bridge after the property was sold to Kier Property Developments

How the new Motel One will look on completion
How the new Motel One will look on completion

Construction is poised to start within weeks on a £12m boutique hotel in the heart of Newcastle, bringing more than 100 jobs to the region.

Munich-based Motel One, a “luxury budget” operator with more than 40 hotels in Germany and Austria and three in the UK, agreed a long lease deal with landlord the Lugano Group back in 2012.

Now the property owners have announced the completion of the deal that will see High Bridge transformed with the construction of a 222 bed boutique hotel for the German operator.

The property has been sold to Kier Property Developments who will start work on the development in a matter of weeks.

The Journal has been given a sneak peak of how the Motel One will look on completion, through a series of graphics provided by the architects involved in the project.

A graphic showing how Motel One's Newcastle hotel will look on completion

The “luxury boutique” hotel will retain the existing imposing street frontage and create a new block behind, in Half Moon Court.

Richard Robson, Lugano Group director, said: ‘This is fantastic news for the city and follows on from a number of other important schemes we have undertaken that will secure investment in the heart of the city and equally importantly, will create much needed new employment.

“Indeed, this scheme alone will result in over 100 new jobs – both in terms of construction and staffing the completed hotel – and we are committed to a range of projects that have the potential to significantly boost the wider regional economy.”

View of the courtyard

Lugano were advised in the deal by Jesmond-based solicitors, Mincoffs.

Paul Hughes, corporate partner added: “This has been a complex project but one we are pleased to have assisted to successful completion.

“It will consolidate both Lugano’s and our own reputation for delivery in the North East.”

The project follows on from other successful Lugano schemes such as the new Tesco store on Grainger street and the conversion and refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed 1-3 Gallowgate for quality apartments.

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