Travelodge to open on Hackney Gibbons site

* UPDATE June 2016: Building is virtually complete. When time permits,a photograph of the new hotel and possibly an old pic of the Gibbons premises will be inserted

 

TRAVELODGE today confirmed that it is going ahead with plans for a hotel in  mid-Hackney. The budget chain will build an 80-bed hotel on the car park on the site of the fire-destroyed Gibbons furniture shop at 7-19 Amhurst Road E8 1LL.

Travelodge said that the hotel forms part of a broader £20 million redevelopment that includes 50 serviced flats and two ground-floor shop spaces.  Contractor Anglo Holt is due to start work this spring and the building will open, Travelodge expects, in summer next year, 2014.

Neil Short, Travelodge’s North London development manager, said: “The new hotel is in a fantastic location in Amhurst Road, next to Hackney Central station… We are delighted to be opening what will be the first branded hotel in the heart of Hackney.”

Site of the fire-destroyed Gibbons furniture shop in Amhurst Road E8
Site of the fire-destroyed store in Amhurst Road

Tony O’Brien, Travelodge’s UK development manager, added: “Our London target list has a further 48 locations in the capital where we are seeking to open new hotels.”

The 1831-founded Gibbons is still fondly remembered in the borough since its handsome street frontage and some adjacent buildings were dramatically and mysteriously razed.

Part of the facade of the Gibbons store was saved, after a councillor pressed Hackney to act.

Vincent Stops told Loving Dalston: “An undemolished, but severely damaged, part of the Gibbons building stood for several years, supported by scaffolding and without a roof. Hackney council, acting on my concern, as a member for the area, started enforcement action, which has eventually led to its repair and partial rebuilding. Happily, the facade has been retained.”Gibbonssite

Perhaps residents can also take compensation from the coming availability of low-cost hotel rooms.

Travelodge told Loving Dalston: “We know there is great demand in Hackney for good-quality, affordable accommodation.

“Rooms start at £19 a night, if booked early enough. So local people  will  have a place near by where visiting relatives can stay, rather than the sofa.”

David Altheer 110113

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2 thoughts on “Travelodge to open on Hackney Gibbons site

  1. Oh dear, I do hope Gibbon’s has moved rather than closed — I need a new bed and cannot find the store’s website.

    When I was a young child in the 1950s one branch of the Gibbon family lived a few doors away from me in the largest house in Richmond Avenue, Highams Park.

    They were family friends because my father’s people also had their business based in Dalston.

    So what happened to the Gibbon’s furniture business, please?

    I am afraid that the fire did for Gibbon. I suppose we should be happy that at least a reasonaby priced hotel has arisen on the site, one affordable by friends and relatives who might want to visit London and be close to those of us lucky enough to live in this exciting quarter of No 1 City. — Editor

  2. I am trying to book two rooms for two nights in July. Please let me know the price and also to book online.
    thank you. also, the price of those two nights

    Loving Dalston is a news not accommodation site and the latest news is that the Amhurst Road Travelodge is not yet completed. I suggest you consider the Premier Inn http://lovingdalston.co.uk/2012/08/hackney-gets-a-premier-inn-at-dalston-junction/ that has arisen conveniently near Dalston Junction station. – Ed.

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