The commercial build division of Esh Construction has secured a £10m contract to transform the Hexham Bunker into a 69-bedroom Travelodge hotel and Lidl retail outlet.
Jane Imrie

£10m Northumberland nuclear bunker transformation to create 60 new jobs

The commercial build division of Esh Construction has secured a multi-million pound hospitality and retail project in Northumberland set to create 60 jobs.

The firm has secured a £10m contract to transform the Hexham Bunker into a 69-bedroom Travelodge hotel and Lidl retail outlet.

Formerly a nuclear bunker, the site will become home to the new mixed-use project, delivered on behalf of Union Property Development (Hexham) Ltd.

As well as the hotel and store, the site is expected to create around 250 new parking spaces for the market town.

Gary Dobson, divisional director at Esh Construction, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for Hexham Bunker and to be working in partnership with Union Property.

“The scheme has been long in the making and is a great addition to Esh’s portfolio, with over £80m of projects currently underway within our commercial build division.”

Peter Carruthers, consultant project director at Union Property, added: “We are delighted to receive the go-ahead from Northumberland County Council.

“We have worked closely with planning officers to design a scheme which will reflect the character of Hexham.

“This represents a very significant economic investment in the town and will bring a long-term vacant site back into use.”

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