Iconic building will boast 2,000 shrubs

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THE gateway to Hemel Hempstead’s business district is to be transformed with an ‘iconic’ new hotel.

The £10 million development – designed to make an impression on people approaching the Maylands area – will include a 108-bed Travelodge and a Toby Carvery restaurant on the ground floor.

Jonathan Lee, development manager for developers Kier Properties, said: “It’s going to be the best-looking Travelodge in the country. It’s important for your sense of arrival into Maylands.”

The hotel, above, will bring around 40 new jobs to the town while 2,000 shrubs, plants and trees will transform the site at the corner of St Albans Road and Maylands Avenue. Along with the restaurant, there is also space for a cafe or coffee shop while future phases of the scheme will bring additional office space.

Work has already started on the site and the building is expected to be finished in June next year.

“It’s a statement building,” said Mr Lee.

“You’ve got a nice hotel in landscaped grounds with ample parking and a restaurant below.”

Kier have owned the site, which was previously home to a Royal Mail building from the 60s, for a number of years but the economic downturn delayed their plans for the plot.