DOUBT hangs over more than 150 construction jobs while a developer decides whether to scrap an £18 million hotel in Leicester.
Laing should have started work on the 210-bed hotel in Enderby last month, having beaten Amec, Bryant and Kier's Midlands arm, Marriott Construction, to the deal earlier this year.
But original client Swallow Hotels was bought by Whitbread last year and the existing scheme was axed.
Whitbread has since signed a partnership arrangement with Laing to build the hotel on the Grove Park site, near junction 21 ofthe M1. But a Whitbread spokeswoman admitted that the future of the revised scheme was still in doubt.
She said: 'No final decision has been taken on whether to continue with the hotel.'
A spokesman for Laing said it was braced for a long delay at best. He said: 'It could be a year before we get the go-ahead.'
Local authority Blaby District Council has given the original Swallow proposal planning permission. But if Whitbread decides to go back to the drawing board any new plans could take up to a further three months to approve.