Meliá Hotels plans to move into former BT office to mark Newcastle debut

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Spanish hotel operator, Meliá Hotels International has laid out plans to make its debut into Newcastle, with the transformation of a former BT office in the Quayside.

The brand is bidding to create a seven-storey, four-star hotel under its boutique umbrella Innside, which would see the demolition of the existing east wing of the former telecommunications office, Bridge Court.

Landowners Union Property Development Limited have already transformed the west wing of the building, replacing it with a Travelodge, and had been working on options for the remainder of the site.

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Now it’s emerged that the property group want to bring in Meliá Hotels to run the 161-bedroom hotel, alongside other Innside hotels in London and Manchester.

The river view hotel would also have an ‘open living lounge’ with a bar and restaurant that non residents would be encouraged to use, plus conference facilities, a fitness lounge and 25 car park spaces.

Built in the 1990s for BT, the two parts of Bridge Court had been vacant since 2011 when the telecoms firm moved out.

Meliá Hotels International, which was set up in Mallorca in the 1950s and is now the largest chain in Spain, is seeking to expand and add to its 370 hotels, which operate under four brands around the world including Innside.

This proposed Innside hotel is part of a wider expansion by the Meliá brand, with hotels planned in Italy, Indonesia and Denmark, as well as other major UK cities such as Liverpool.

In the design document, FaulknerBrowns said: “Delivering this new hotel will revitalise an area of the Quayside that has remained largely vacant since 2011. With refurbishment works to the west block into a Travelodge Hotel now complete, this second hotel will bring the entire site back into use and breathe life into this prominent but underused riverside site.”

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