Development work that will see the Holiday Inn Express in Middlesbrough extended by a further 21 bedrooms is on target for completion by January next year.
The £2.2m project will see the Albert Road hotel, which is part of Cleveland Centre, increase to 159 rooms less than 18 months after opening.
The three-story development, which is being carried out by property developer Ashall Projects, is being built in land formerly taken by the neighbouring Permanent House.
The work will also create space for a 1,600 feet ground floor restaurant run by a third party.
The hotel’s general manager Mark Winter (pictured above, left, with maintenance manager Mark Wright), said the extension was being built to meet increasing demand since the Holiday Inn Express first opened its doors to guests in August 2015.
Mr Winter said: “The hotel market is buoyant in Middlesbrough so the extension will help us meet the healthy demand for rooms.
“Naturally many of our customers are here for Teesside but the leisure market is showing promising signs too, while Middlesbrough Football Club’s promotion to the Premier League has been a big boost in terms of bringing more visitors into the town.
“The group’s vision is to create great hotels that guests love. The demand is there and it’s up to us to ensure people keeping coming back.”
Mr Winter also revealed that the hotel planned to employ additional house keeping and reception staff once the extension was complete. The hotel currently employs 20 staff.
Cleveland Centre manager Graeme Skillen, who lease the space to Holiday Inn Express, added: “It’s fantastic to know that the hotel is achieving positive figures and bringing new people into the town centre that might have otherwise not come here.
“Talks are ongoing regarding more exciting developments which we hope to announce in the not-too-distant future.”
The £12.4m hotel, which lies opposite Centre Square and the Town Hall, features a bar and business meeting rooms.