This site next to the town's railway station is now underway with a 5 storey hotel, see report below:
courtesy of GrimsbyTelegraph.co.uk, dated 7 May 2014Five-storey Grimsby hotel begins to take shape in town centre
CONSTRUCTION work is underway on a new 80-room hotel in Grimsby town centre, providing 40 new jobs. The five-storey Holiday Inn Express, in Wellowgate next to Grimsby Railway Station, will run under a franchise agreement and is expected to open in around a year's time.
It will be owned by Lincoln-based Brayford Hotels, which owns the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Lincoln, and will be operated by Leaf Hospitality. It will include 80 rooms, a bar and restaurant, and conference and meeting facilities, and will precede other new builds in Middlesbrough and Dublin in 2016. And, unlike at many hotels, those staying at a Holiday Inn Express are given a free breakfast each morning.
It is the second major hotel chain to come to the area after, in February, construction began on a 60- room Premier Inn hotel in Cleethorpes, at a cost of £8 million.
And initial ground works began yesterday to bring the new Holiday Inn Express, in the heart of Grimsby, to fruition.
The company has owned the site, the former Burton's Fiat dealership and more recently a car park, for around six years. There were plans for apartments before a fresh planning application was submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council.
Richard Farrar, director of Leaf Hospitality, said he was confident the site, just yards from the railway station, was "one of the best" locations for a hotel in Grimsby.
"We can't wait to open and to get the build finished quickly and safely," he said.
"This is a great location, right in the centre of the town and by the station. We are bringing jobs and a quality brand to the region and hope to play our part in this area's regeneration."
Philip Lassman, director of development for the InterContinental Hotels Group, which operates the Holiday Inn Express brand, said: "Holiday Inn Express is one of the fastest growing brands in the industry and the brand is doing really well in Europe.
"The brand offers friendly efficient service, comfortable rooms and a free breakfast – everything a guest needs and nothing they don't.
"It's truly ideal for meeting the needs of corporate and leisure travellers."
Mr Farrar continued: "We think the construction work will take about 12 months, and we will be working in as considerate a way as possible for the people of Grimsby.
"We are a local company and we all live within an hour of this area, so we have local knowledge."
And he backed plans for a new direct train service from Grimsby to London in the near future.
"Hopefully this hotel can be another reason why a rail franchise might like to operate a direct service," he said