J Tomlinson starts work on £4.9m hotel redevelopment scheme

Work is now under way on a £4.9m hotel extension and redevelopment project being carried out by J Tomlinson.

The construction team at the Nottingham-based integrated building solutions company is creating 24 additional rooms, expanding the function room, creating new meeting facilities and converting existing space into new offices at Quorn Grange Hotel, near Loughborough.

In addition, J Tomlinson is also building ten new homes at the site, which is owned by the GFTU Educational Trust.

Martin Gallagher, Managing Director (construction) at J Tomlinson, said: “Quorn Grange Hotel is an award-winning historic hotel and J Tomlinson is very pleased to be playing a key role in helping the hotel to open the latest chapter in its history.

“We are experienced in working at operational sites and fully understand the importance of businesses and organisations being able to continue to offer their services. In conjunction with the hotel and the GFTU, we have developed a programme to cause minimum disruption, as we undertake the exciting redevelopment and extension of the facilities on site.”

The work is the latest in a series of improvements and upgrades at the hotel in Quorn and follows refurbishment of the bar and restaurant areas. This current phase includes building a two-storey extension and creating new offices, along with new homes.

The contract, awarded to J Tomlinson following a tender, is expected to take a year to complete. When the work is finished, the hotel aims to achieve a 4-star rating.

GFTU Education Trust secretary Doug Nicholls said: “We are very pleased that this scheme at Quorn Grange Hotel has now started. J Tomlinson is a well-regarded East Midlands-based company, which impressed us during the tender process, and we are delighted to be working with the construction team to improve and extend the facilities at the hotel, as well as create more local housing.

“Companies, guests and charities who use our facilities have requested that we expand so we are. The hotel is in great demand and this development will allow us to offer additional high quality teaching and meeting rooms and function spaces. The whole scheme is a significant investment in the area, helping to create new jobs and improved amenities for the community.

“The new build programme is on a concealed part of the site, and we have liaised closely with J Tomlinson to ensure that the work will not disturb activities at the hotel or interrupt any of the award-winning landscaped garden views. In fact, it is not just going to be business as usual during the new build, but more business than usual.”

The hotel, set in nine acres of grounds, is now wholly owned by the GFTU Education Trust. It is used as a wedding venue, for business conferences and meetings, for teaching, as well as for leisure stays. The hotel is a popular venue for General Federation of Trade Unions-affiliated trade unions and their members.

Architect for the scheme is Corstorphine + Wright.