Sheffield hotels: Construction of huge Marriott hotel at Catcliffe halted and staff laid off
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Construction of a multi-million pound hotel near Sheffield has stopped and staff are looking for new jobs.
The Courtyard by Marriott at Catcliffe appeared deserted today.
White cladding is on half the front of the six-storey building and scaffolding covers one end. Windows appear to have been installed but not all doors. A large pool has developed on the site amid building materials.
The 150-bedroom venue off Poplar Way was announced in 2021 and hailed as the ‘first Marriott-branded hotel in the Sheffield area’.
Recruitment for 38 jobs was announced in March this year and it was due to open in spring.
But today staff are looking for work, with some announcing their search on Linkedin.
They were employed by RBH Hospitality Management which confirmed the hotel now employs “no staff.”
A spokesperson said: ”Completion of the Courtyard by Marriott Sheffield is currently on hold due to delays in construction. This delay has impacted operational decisions. As a date for completion has not been finalised, there are currently no staff employed for the hotel."
The building stands on land off Highfield Spring and Poplar Way where the Waverley housing development meets the Morrisons roundabout at Catcliffe.
It is expected to serve growing business demand in the area and was set to feature a brasserie restaurant, fitness centre and meeting rooms.
Essex-based developer, Stapleford Ventures Ltd, secured planning permission in 2021. RTS Construction of Lutterworth, Leicestershire, is the main builder.
RTS was contacted for comment.
A Marriott spokeswoman said: “All communications for the project need to go through RBH, the hotel management company working with the owners.”
In August 2022 Neil Searle, managing director of Stapleford Ventures, said: “We are excited to bring the first Marriott-branded hotel to the Sheffield area and to be working alongside RBH who we know will bring a depth of experience to the project.
“Courtyard by Marriott Sheffield will be a great addition to the area, offering the perfect destination for business travellers in light of its proximity to the business park, as well as for leisure visitors. Plans are well underway and we look forward to opening this fantastic property in partnership with RBH and Marriott in 2023.”
Marriott claims to be the largest hotel chain in the world by the number of rooms. It has 31 brands with 8,000 properties containing 1,423,044 rooms in 139 countries.