Travelodge to replace Teddington office block

Posted on by John Cronin

Plans have been approved to replace an old office block in Teddington with a Travelodge and a new smaller office building.

The existing six-storey office called Park House in Station Road, Teddington is to be converted into a Travelodge after local councillors granted planning permission. The adjacent building that was at one time used as a production studio but it currently empty is to be demolished and replaced with a new four-storey building that will have a ground floor restaurant with three floors of offices above.

Park HousePark House (pictured) is a 1960’s office block constructed from reinforced concrete, offering 40,000 sq ft of floor space over five of the floors and is currently home to 140 office workers. Tenants of the offices have included Barclays Bank who previously leased the building for use as a training centre. Acxiom, a data management company currently let floor space in the building. The building was bought by Longford Securities in 2003 as part of a £20m transaction involving another multi-let building in Kingston.

The office block is considered by many locals as being an ugly building. Douglas Barrell, a member of the local action group The Teddington Society told the Richmond and Twickenham Times that his group were in favour of the redevelopment plans. He said: “The building itself is very prominent and it’s not a very nice building – it’s all very run down. It will get a face-lift – it will improve it”.

The new four storey, mixed-use building will offer approximately 8,600 sq feet of office floor space over the top three floors of the building.  The building will incorporate the latest energy saving design techniques and is to incorporate green roof technology that uses a Sedum vegetation blanket. A BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ is expected.

Architects for the project are JWA Architects. Demolition and construction work is expecting to start in early 2011 with an expected completion date of spring, 2012.

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