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Green light expected for huge Belfast city centre hotel at former Belfast Met building

By John Mulgrew

Published 13/11/2015

The former Belfast Metropolitan College building on Brunswick Street is being turned into a 206-bedroom hotel
The former Belfast Metropolitan College building on Brunswick Street is being turned into a 206-bedroom hotel

Belfast's latest major hotel looks set to be given the green light next week.

The former Belfast Metropolitan College building on Brunswick Street is being turned into a 206-bedroom hotel.

Developer McAleer and Rushe is behind the build, after submitting planning applications to Belfast City Council earlier this year.

The large development, if given the go ahead during next week's council planning committee meeting, will comprise a 14-storey mixed-use hotel, with restaurants, bars and conference space.

McAleer and Rushe said the hotel would make a "positive contribution" to Belfast, regenerating a now unused building in the heart of the city centre.

And it said it would create a "strong development on a prominent corner" and "improve the activity and dynamism in a developing area".

It's the latest in a series of large hotel projects now under way throughout Belfast.

More than 20 are now at various stages, with work already having started on a number in the city.

Work will begin early next year on the new £30m Grand Central hotel in Belfast, according to boss Howard Hastings.

The four-star, 200-bedroom Grand Central Hotel will transform 23-storey Windsor House in the city centre.

And work has begun on The Bedford hotel across the road at the Scottish Mutual building.

It's growing to a 70-bedroom development, boasting four to five high-class suites. Work has begun at the very early stage of the development on the building.

Meanwhile, the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices are being turned into an 84-bedroom hotel, with yet another hotel proposed as part of the City Quays development.

And a boutique hotel is being built at Bank Square, beside the Mourne Seafood restaurant - boasting 17 rooms and its own ground floor eatery.

Ten Square is also undergoing an extension which will see 71 new bedrooms added.

Belfast Telegraph

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