18 February 2019
Building work is underway on a new 78 room hotel in the heart of the area set to become London’s Hollywood.
The new Travelodge in Dagenham East is being built by Barnes and will be just yards from the site of the soon-to-be largest film studios in London.
The scheme is which is funded through an agreement with Berkeley Square Developments on behalf of Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, will also feature retail accommodation on the ground floor and a stand-alone Costa Coffee drive-through.
Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell, visited the site with Tony O’Brien, UK Development Director of Travelodge Hotels, Ed Skeates, Development Director of Be First, Jonathan Carkeet of Berkeley Square Developments Limited and Bob Steward of Barnes Construction.
Councillor Rodwell said: “The new hotel and the studios mean hundreds of jobs for local people in London’s Hollywood, from the hotel industry and construction workers to set designers, electricians and carpenters.
“Who knows, once it’s built, you could even catch a glimpse of east end movie stars like Idris Elba filming next door!”
Tony O’Brien, UK Development Director of Travelodge said: “We have undertaken a number of deals with Local Authorities who recognise that a Travelodge hotel can help unlock regeneration sites.”