Gainsborough

Work starts on new Gainsborough Travelodge and Italian restaurant

Work will start today on a new Travelodge and Italian restaurant in Gainsborough town centre.

The new development will lie on the site of the former Sun Inn hotel, which was demolished in the summer.

Alongside the new hotel will be a Ponti’s Italian Kitchen restaurant on the ground floor including an alfresco dining area and water feature inspired by Paley Park in New York.

The building work will take just under 12 months to complete with the new hotel and restaurant scheduled to open before Christmas 2018.

Visuals of the new development

Mark Dransfield, managing director of Dransfield Properties Ltd, the company behind the scheme, said: “We have seen some really big and positive changes in Gainsborough over the last decade and our company is very proud to be part of the town and to be working with the local authority on this further investment in the town.

“The new development will be delivered to the same high standards as Marshall’s Yard by the same development and design team, our further commitment to the town certainly shows the confidence for growth and expansion that exists in Gainsborough.”

Eve Fawcett-Moralee, commercial and economic growth director at West Lindsey District Council said: “December sees the opening of a new Lidl store with 136 car parking spaces and a pedestrian crossing enabling better access to and from Marshall’s Yard and the town centre, creating a stronger and better ‘whole town offer’.

“The council is using its land holdings and grant funding from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership to try and attract commercial leisure to the town, such as a cinema and significant food and drink uses with an enhanced riverside walk and open space to anchor the western end of the town.

“This will complement the new Travelodge and restaurant and will draw visitors to the riverfront and historic Old Hall.”