Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council's wholly-owned regeneration company, has agreed a deal to build a 78-room hotel adjacent to the site of what could become the largest film studios in London.
The hotel will be run by Travelodge and built by Barnes Construction through a funding agreement with Berkeley Square Developments on behalf of Be First (acting for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham), with construction expected to start in 2019. It will feature a ground-floor restaurant, with Berkeley also building a Costa Coffee drive-through outlet.
Tony O’Brien, UK development director of Travelodge Hotels, said: “The scale of development in the area means that Barking and Dagenham really is the place to be.
"We will be opening another hotel at Dagenham Leisure Park shortly, so this is our second hotel in the area.
"The new hotel at Dagenham East will serve the many existing and new businesses that are establishing in the area and being within 200m of Dagenham East tube station and having good, on-site car parking, it will provide a convenient, great value base for customers visiting the capital who don't want to pay central London hotel prices."
The £7 million deal comes after Be First announced US-based Pacifica Ventures as its preferred partner to build and operate new film and TV studios and a movie-themed visitor centre on the 9-ha at Dagenham East.
Iain Ferguson, commercial director at Be First, said: "This agreement is another sign that Dagenham is on the up; Dagenham East is fast becoming a hotspot for dynamic high-tech industries, with the film studios and datacentre plans now out of the starting blocks.
"These developments will bring thousands of jobs for local people at all levels – from construction workers, carpenters and hotel staff to set designers and film and TV producers."
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