£6.6m plan to revamp Londonderry Hotel in Portrush
HOTEL group Andras has come up with new plans to revamp the former Londonderry Hotel in Portrush in a £6.6m project.
The group, which is led by Lord Rana, said the revised plans would involve preserving and restoring the grade B1 listed buildings which face Main Street in the north coast town.
A new extension will be built at the back of the site, providing new air-conditioned bedrooms. The site has a long history as a hotel, with the former Londonderry Hotel first opening its doors around 1895.
The hotel shut in the 1980s and the current proposals will bring the site back to its historic use. Rajesh Rana, director of Andras Hotels, said: “Our vision is for an attractive, fully functional and boutique hotel that will bring this important site back to life as a hotel and will help to regenerate the Main Street and town centre area.
“The proposals are for a boutique hotel with 87 bedrooms, that will go a long way towards helping Portrush and the North Coast meet the growing demand for modern tourist accommodation. “
Architect Dawson Stelfox, from Consarc, said: “Initial plans were submitted in May 2017 for the proposed hotel. Following feedback from the local community, the proposals have been revised to ensure that the hotel will reflect and contribute to the vibrancy of the town
“We have spent a considerable amount of time amending the original plans to address concerns. The proposals will respect and maintain the townscape character of Main Street through the retention of the existing buildings on Main Street. We will ensure these buildings are sensitively restored and we are pleased to be able to contribute positively to the regeneration of the centre of historic Portrush.
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