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Cumbrian hotel opportunity for reopening or redevelopment

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29-letting bedroom property beside Workington station comes to the market

Commercial real estate firm Colliers is marketing a 29-bedroom hotel in Workington on behalf of LPA Receivers, RSM UK Restructuring Advisory LLP. 

The Cumberland Hotel, in Station Road, was built as a commercial hotel in 1901 in an ideal position close to the train station, harbour and town centre. Offers are invited on the property, which also includes an 80-cover restaurant and a 185-guest ballroom complete with sprung dancefloor. 

The hotel, which also includes a self-contained owner’s flat, last changed hands in 1993, and during the last 30 years has been upgraded and modernised, with the majority of the bedrooms having undergone renovation. 

In 2010 outline planning permission was secured to add an additional 16 letting bedrooms to the property, but this has now lapsed.

Robert Smithson, associate director in Colliers’ Hotel Agency team, said: “The Cumberland Hotel is a prominent building at the entrance to the town centre of Workington, across the road from the train station. It has previously traded well bringing in trade from a wide range of customers from tourists, function trade and commercial travellers. 

“There’s lots of opportunities for the property, whether it could reopen as a hotel business, or be purchased for redevelopment into housing potentially for private, affordable or residential care subject to the relevant planning consents.”

The coastal town of Workington is located at the mouth of the River Derwent, previously local industry included boat building, coal mining and steel production. Nearby is Solway Coast with sandy beaches and towering cliffs, while inland is the town of Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth and home to Jennings Brewery. The Lake District National Park is also on the doorstep of the town, which welcomes thousands of visitors every year for walks, holidays and boating experiences.

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Robert Smithson

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Robert works to provide expert brokerage and professional services to the Hotels Agency and  Parks, Sports and Marinas departments across England Scotland and Wales, moving between our Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh offices.

Covering a wide range of matters, Robert has been involved in some of the largest and most significant parks and hotel deals over the last 10 years in the UK; allowing him to build up a great deal of industry contacts.

On behalf of both private and corporate clients Robert continues to strive to ensure that Colliers' reputation for service excellence and professionalism is upheld.

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Kim Inam

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I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

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