Market 2021

August 2021

Gloucester Orchard

Image: Author


Acting for the LPA Receivers and jointly with Eddisons, NJBHLP ran a discreet and targeted hotels agency process, culminating in the sale of the 60 bedroom Orchard Hotel in the Quedgeley district of Gloucester, following multiple bids from highly credible hotel investors and operators. The buyers are principals behind AGO Hotels, who will refurbish and re-brand the property as an ‘Ibis Budget’, under an Accor franchise. Formed in 2020, this is AGO’s 11 th hotel acquisition for brand conversion.

Nick Barber of NJBHLP commented, “This hotel is in a really great location for an international budget flag. It is within both a smart neighbourhood centre and a modern offices business park, equidistant between Gloucester city centre and the M5 motorway, and highly accessible for both. Although the hotel’s short history is an interesting one, it is both modern and purpose built, ideal for conversion to a major budget brand. In AGO’s professional hands, with Accor’s Ibis Budget name and systems, and in this location, it will trade very well going forward”.

Nick Barber
07796 278720

May 2021


Image: Travelodge


A historic hotel location in the centre of Newark-upon-Trent, dating back to 1781, has been retained, with the opening of a new 66 bedroom Travelodge this month, on the site of the former Robin Hood Hotel. The development, which includes retail units at ground floor, has been let in entirety to Newark & Sherwood District Council; NJBHLP worked with colleagues at ADS Real Estate Advisors in advising fund manager KFIM on the investment acquisition.

Commented Nick Barber, “The strategic location of Newark looks an obvious fit for the Travelodge nationwide map, with this market town an important interchange on both the A1 (the historic Great North Road), at its junction with the A46 (Fosse Way), the East Coast Main Line of the railway network, where it crosses with the Lincoln to Nottingham line, and also the River Trent, where Newark and its castle were established originally on the banks”.

Nick Barber
07796 278720

April 2021


Image: Gateshead Council/HOK


One of the few remaining ‘gaps on a map’ for leading international hotel brands in a major UK conurbation has been resolved, with the announcement that Accor will be flying its Novotel (187 bedrooms) and Ibis (140) flags, in a new, dual branded hotel adjacent the River Tyne in Gateshead. The ‘two in one’ hotel, to be managed by Vine Hotels, will form part of the half million square feet, arena, conference and exhibition led waterfront development, ‘Newcastle Gateshead Quays’, and is expected to open in 2024.

Unsurprisingly for such a project, demand from hotel franchisors and managers was considerable, and on which NJBHLP worked jointly with BNPP Real Estate’s Newcastle office, in advising Gateshead Council. An important part of this research involved running along both banks of the Tyne and crossing alternative bridges, early one glorious morning in 2019, a labour enabling real time confirmation that this is a fantastic and highly accessible location for an important mixed use North East destination development.

Nick Barber
07796 278720