Contractors for Travelodge started work today (Tuesday 21st August 2012) on the Ribble Building, Lord Street, Southport.
The Grade II listed former bus station will be turned into a six-storey, 101-bedroom hotel & restaurant complex.
The building will also include major international restaurant with work expected to be completed within six-months creating 20-30 new jobs
The dilapidated eyesore has been empty for more than 10 years and has been plagued by a string of failed proposals.
Opinion in the town is very supportive.
Dukes Ward Conservative Cllr Pat Ball said: “I’m very happy to actually see work commencing on the site. In the current economic climate, it’s a great boost for the town to see such a prominent building return to use.”
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