Hotelier bids to revamp former bank building in Portrush
A Belfast hotelier has said a new holiday accommodation project in Portrush will help generate up to £1.4m a year for the Co Antrim town.
Rajesh Rana's Andras Hotels has submitted plans to restore and refurbish the former Northern Bank building to transform it into serviced apartments with a cafe bar. The listed building is housed on Main Street adjacent to the proposed new 87-bedroom Andras Hotel at the former Londonderry Hotel site.
Mr Rana said up to 89 new jobs could be created.
"We are really excited about the prospect of restoring this fine bank building and bringing it back to active use and we are committed to maintaining the architectural interest and integrity of the building," he said.
The new project will feature six serviced apartments alongside a cafe bar with the original fabric of the building restored.
"We see the former Bank project as being part of our hotel proposal, as the apartments will be operated from the hotel as serviced accommodation," Mr Rana added.
"They will be one and two-bedroom apartments, suitable for families, golfers and tourists visiting the north coast.
"The combined impact of bringing both the former bank building and Londonderry Hotel to active and economic use will be a real boost to the regeneration of Main Street.
"We have lodged a planning application and with the consent of Historic Environments Department, we hope to start work very soon.
"Our intention is to have the apartments completed in time for the Open Championship in July next year."