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Belfast hotel Ten Square to spread wings with 71-bed extension as part of £5m investment

By John Mulgrew

Belfast hotel Ten Square is undergoing a multi-million pound extension which will see 71 new bedrooms added to the city centre spot. The £3m addition will be based at Lancashire House, which is located beside the hotel.

That’s subject to a successful planning application for a change of use from an office.

It’s set to add another 20 jobs to the business, which is currently undergoing a £1.5m refurbishment by its new owners.

Ten Square, on Donegall Square, just behind City Hall, is an award-winning hotspot which was once owned by property developer John Miskelly.

But his company lost control of the business in January, when administrators EY moved in.

It’s now in the hands of former Maple 10 investor Paddy Kearney, who heads up Kilmona Holdings.

Mr Kearney said that the hotel “has been a landmark in Belfast city centre for many years, but increasing numbers of tourists and a more competitive hotel market mean it’s time to invest in the future”.

“We now have an excellent management team in place and the ability and willingness to revamp and expand the hotel with at least a £5m capital programme over the next 12 months, in addition to our recent purchase.

“This first application to create a new bedroom block at Lancashire House is just the start however, and we have even more ambitious plans to expand further, which we will be revealing in the near future.”

The announcement this week for a large extension to the hotel comes after the Belfast Telegraph revealed work was under way to expand the city centre spot.

The hotel was being run by the Dalata Hotel group.

Stephen Perry, the newly appointed general manager who is also overseeing the hotel’s revamp, said that the extensive works “include a total refurbishment of the existing hotel — from entirely new kitchens to a remodelling of our front of house, as well as a complete modernisation of every bedroom to provide guests with in-room smart technology and a fresh, new and classic modern decor”.

He continued: “Our popular events suite will also have an increased capacity for up to 250 guests and this will allow us to widen our reach for seminars, conferences and wedding bookings.

“We are still very much open for business and we will have all works complete by November 7, well in advance of the busy Christmas season, so we’d ask our customers to bear with us during this period of transition.”

Mr Perry spent 10 years working in the US with Hilton Hotels Group, and also worked for Hastings Hotels.

“The multi-million pound upgrade of this property will further enhance all aspects of our guests’ experience,” he said.

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