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First phase of Belfast Ten Square hotel's £18m upgrade completed

By John Mulgrew

Belfast city centre hotel Ten Square has completed the first phase of its £18m expansion.

The hotel, which is owned by property developer Paddy Kearney, will grow the facility to 140 rooms when it is finally completed.

The Donegall Square spot welcomed the first guests to the former Lancashire House office building next door on Linenhall Street, filling 18 bedrooms from a total of 55 in the new block, which will be completed at the end of next month.

And once finished the first phase will also include the new Linenhall Business Centre, which includes conferencing, function rooms and events space.

The hotel will also see a second phase, 66-bedroom expansion on the other side of the original hotel building into the former Scottish Amicable Building on Donegall Square.

Work has already begun on the development, which will also include a gym and spa.

The target date for completion is October 2017 and will bring the total number of bedrooms to 140.

A burrito bar will open on the ground floor of this section of the hotel in January.

The expansion has created around 20 new jobs so far.

Stephen Carson, who is overseeing the revamp, said: “Last year when we took over the hotel we immediately invested in a total refurbishment of the existing property — from entirely new kitchens to a re-modelling 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 décor.”

He continued: “Last year’s refurbishment saw our events offering increase in capacity, but the newly created Linenhall Business Centre will further allow us to widen our reach for seminars, meetings, conferences and wedding bookings.”

Christopher Kearney, finance director of Loughview Leisure Group Limited — the firm behind the hotel — said: “The multi-million pound upgrade of this property will further enhance all aspects of our guests’ experience and will ensure that Ten Square will maintain its position as Belfast’s leading city centre hotel.”

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