Cambridge's Podium Lodge opens for business

02 February 2018

A three-tier podium appropriately coloured in gold, silver and bronze sits at the entrance of Cambridge's newest accommodation complex.

Podium Lodge, a 30-room facility built to house sportspeople living in Cambridge, has opened its doors for business.

The new lodge on Peake Rd provides accommodation for sports teams and services close to the Avantidrome, and tourists are welcome to stay as well.

The facility can house up to 86 guests. It offers studios, two-bedroom units, a dormitory block, a live-in manager's accommodation and reception building. It also has a communal service building which includes kitchen, dining and laundry areas.

The lodge's design is based on a small version of an Olympic Village where there are six pods all labelled with Olympic destinations. Each consist of three accommodation rooms which face inwards giving teams a common area. Big storage units for sports equipment are also a feature.

At the entrance of the complex is a separate building branded "The Hub". This contains a meeting room for sports management as well as catering facilities where sports teams can just come and have their own meals prepared.

The lodge provides plenty of green space and seating where guests could relax.

Built by the Brian Perry Charity Trust, Podiums Lodge's manager Anne Edgecombe said the business model was based on a social enterprise module.

"This means the profit we make from this complex goes back into the Good Sports Programme," she said.

Proving popular already, the lodge has been full since it opened, and forward bookings and enquiry are positive signs.

"Since opening, we have hosted many groups with the largest being the Blues Super Rugby squad and members of the Canoe Racing Team.

"Individual travellers are welcome to stay and for them, it gives them a different experience. We had a group of tourists book online and they were all abuzz because they were staying at the same place as the Swiss Cycling Team."

Providing a great place for team bonding, Edgecombe said she had received enquiries from the corporate sector as well.

- Mike Bain, Waikato Times

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