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Short-stay luxury flat complex proposed for historic central Belfast hostel building

By John Mulgrew

A new luxury serviced apartment development is being planned for Belfast city centre.

There are now plans to turn the former Presbyterian War Memorial Hostel building in Belfast into a short-stay apartment development.

That would see the upper floors of the seven-storey building located at the corner of Howard Street and Brunswick Street to feature 56 apartments.

Londonderry-based developer the Martin Group is behind the proposed developed — and they are working with Peter Ringland, who runs the Town Square Cafe on Botanic Avenue.

A spokesman for the Martin Group said: “We believe the new serviced accommodation development will offer visitors an enhanced experience and stay in Belfast city centre, and will add to the Linen Quarter.”

The building dates back to 1923 and was occupied by the Presbyterian War Memorial Hostel until the early 1970s. The hostel was extended in 1963 with the construction of Brunswick House, on an adjacent site at Brunswick Street, formerly a linen warehouse.

Both buildings has previously been bought by developer Frank Boyd’s Killultagh Estates for just under £2.5m.

Londonderry-based MKA Planning has submitted a design statement for the development.

It says the plans are for a “sympathetic conversion of the upper floors of the building”, which were previously used as offices.

“This proposal is perfect for short-stay, business trips, visitor vacations or short-term lets,” it says.

And it says the re-use of the building as short-stay apartments is going to “extend the life and vitality of the centre by creating ‘after hours’ activity and help create a 24/7 busy atmosphere in the heart of the city”.

The Martin Group is also working on an office development in Lombard Street in the city centre.

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