Hotel Tesco? Supermarket’s bid to build lodgings in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 14:24 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:24 26 May 2017

The Tesco office at Shire Park.

The Tesco office at Shire Park.

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Supermarket giant Tesco has revealed plans to build a major hotel next to its headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, creating 25 jobs.

The company has submitted a planning application to the borough council for a 123-bedroom hotel between Kestrel Way and Bessemer Road, immediately north of its Shire Park base.

The company proposes a four-storey building with nearly 4,000 square metres of floorspace, with 126 car parking spaces and 20 cycle spaces.

Spokesman Alec Brown told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the hotel would be used for staff visiting from other parts of the group, but would also be open to the public.

He said: “There is quite a lot of unused land on the site.

“A lot of colleagues travel to Shire Park from all over the UK for meetings.

“We find hotel provision in Welwyn Garden City is not enough.

“They often have to go to Hatfield or further afield.”

According to the company’s application: “ The building will be positioned near to one of the main entrances to Shire

Park. It will provide easy access to Tesco’s Shire Park campus for those staying for business purposes. Within the building, at ground floor the spaces will be flexible, with the ability to change and evolve to suit users’ needs daily, periodically and on an annual basis. It will feature contemporary design, delivered in an economic and sustainable way, employing the latest technologies to ensure the user experience is comfortable.”

Mr Brown added: “The hotel will be for the use of colleagues and the general public and we believe this facility will be a real asset to the local community and economy.

“We have conducted research amongst our colleagues and other businesses on the site to understand the need and appetite for additional hotel accommodation in Welwyn Garden City. ·

“We believe this facility will be a real asset to the local community and economy, and we expect to see the equivalent of 25 full time jobs created. Subject to planning approval and process we hope to be able to open the hotel in the first quarter of 2018.”

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