A Leeds hotel is set for a multimillion-pound makeover after a contractor was appointed to drive the project forward.
Contractor Clegg Construction, which is based in Nottingham and operates across Midlands, East Anglia, and Yorkshire, has been appointed to deliver the refurbishment of The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Leeds. Work has now started on site at the prominent hotel, which is based on the corner of Lower Briggate and Swinegate, and which will be operated by Belfont Hotels.
Belfont Hotels was formed three years ago in a joint venture between the Thakerar and Dhamecha families, and The Cosmopolitan Hotel marked its first acquisition after the company snapped up the property from Peel Hotels. The design and build project by Clegg Construction will modernise the building and includes the refurbishment of its 89 existing bedrooms, as well as creating new bedrooms, to take the total number of guest rooms to 108.
It also involves modernising ground floor function rooms, the restaurant and bar, and the installation of new windows and renovations to the roof and elevations.
Clegg Construction pre-construction director, Ross Crowcroft, said: “We are very pleased to have started on site to refurbish and modernise one of the most iconic hotels in Leeds city centre. This refurbishment of the Cosmopolitan Hotel for Belfont Hotels will upgrade a landmark building in the heart of Leeds and turn it into a leading hospitality venue which will be perfect for both leisure and corporate demand.
“Clegg Construction is extremely familiar with the area around The Cosmopolitan Hotel, as we are currently on site at Spinners Yard in Regent Street delivering a 185-apartment private rented scheme for Rise Homes, plus we are working on an 11-storey student accommodation development in Leylands Road.”
Other members of the development team include project manager Edmond Shipway, architect Franklin Ellis and engineer Rodgers Leask. Work is expected to be completed in the spring of 2025. The scheme is the latest in a list of hotel projects carried out by Clegg Construction, including the Travelodge London Stockley Park Hayes hotel, which was completed in 2021, and a new Premier Inn in York which is currently being built.
In Leeds, Clegg Construction delivered the external recladding of the Premier Inn Leeds City Centre Arena hotel in 2021 and the creation of the Premier Inn Leeds Headingly Hotel, which was constructed on top of the Arndale shopping centre in 2017.
Keval Thakerar and Akshay Dhamecha, directors at Belfont Hotels, added: “We are excited to be working with Clegg Construction on this refurbishment that will see the Cosmopolitan Hotel repositioned as one of Leeds City Centre’s leading hotels, benefitting the local economy and community.”
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