Belfast Telegraph

Four-star £4m hotel will be landmark for Lisburn to be proud of, promises Wolsey

By Emma Deighan

The man behind The Merchant in Belfast will open a new £4m hotel in Lisburn next year, creating 75 jobs.

Bill Wolsey said he has applied for planning permission for a venue in Lisburn Square. The hotel, which he hopes to open next July or August, will have 50 rooms, and a “destination” ground floor bar, restaurant and cafe.

Mr Wolsey is managing director of the Beannchor Group, who helped convert the Cathedral Quarter into the social hub it is today through the opening of The Merchant back in 2006. And he has promised his new hotel will help put Lisburn on the map.

“There won’t be one like it in Lisburn and it will be of a standard that people can be proud of,” he said.

“The intention is that this will be a 4* offering. This is a new hotel concept for Beannchor; we are currently working closely with our design team to deliver a look and feel that will reflect the needs of today’s guests.

“Like many of Beannchor’s outlets, the hotel will have its own individual personality, but will be presented in a way that is appealing to a wide range of guests, from the food and drink offering to bedrooms.”

The concept, Mr Wolsey said, will favour the format of the Bullitt Hotel more so than the Merchant. He described it as modern with a “vibrant ground floor with a buzz about it”.

Mr Wolsey said he chose Lisburn as the destination for his next investment as there was a void of high end accommodation.

He added: “We thought that a city the size of Lisburn had room for a hotel. At present it only has a Premier Inn but that’s not in the centre. There is room for a hotel with a higher star rating.”

Mr Wolsey’s investment has been welcomed by MLAs and council members who believe it will provide an economic boost.

Lagan Valley SDLP MLA Pat Catney said: “Lisburn is a fantastic city with a growing tourism industry and this development will go a long way to providing first class accommodation to tourists choosing to visit here.”

Alderman William Leathem, chair of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s development committee, said the announcement demonstrates confidence in the development of Lisburn.

Belfast Telegraph

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