Belfast Telegraph

Hotel, spa, bar and restaurant complex to be built at ex-Army barracks in Northern Ireland

Peace Bridge over the River Foyle
Peace Bridge over the River Foyle

By Michelle Weir

A new hotel has been approved for a former Army base in Northern Ireland.

The 152-bedroom development will boast a leisure spa, meeting rooms, restaurant and bar facilities and will be located on the site of a former Army base in Londonderry's Ebrington Square.

The four-storey hotel will incorporate three existing buildings on the square including the clock tower building.

The reception will be a new building between the clock tower and the existing Captain's House facing the parade ground.

Welcoming the decision, Councillor Dan Kelly, chair of Derry City and Strabane District Council's planning committee, said: "I look forward to seeing what will be the transformation of the historic buildings which occupy one of the city's most strategic investment sites.

"Tourism is a key economic driver for Derry and Strabane and with bed nights on the increase, the development of the new hotel is timely, and will be a great asset in terms of growing the city's capacity to accommodate guests.

"The fact the hotel is based at one of the city's most scenic and historic sites will also be a great draw for tourists, especially with the proposed new maritime museum located on site.

"The hotel, in tandem with the additional plans for development of a temporary public car park and a new brewery at the site, will further enhance the potential of Ebrington Square."

Belfast Telegraph