South Belfast getting two new hotels in £40m project
Two new apart-hotels could be on their way to Belfast in an investment of over £40m by one of Northern Ireland's biggest property developers.
Patrick Kearney, owner of boutique hotel Ten Square in Belfast city centre, is launching a bid to bring the brand to locations at Stockmans Way and Apollo Road.
A spate of new hotel developments in the city in recent years has added around 1,170 rooms.
But with most development confined to the city centre, there has been little or no accommodation added in other areas - until now.
The Ten Square apart-hotel at Stockmans Way would be known as Ten Square West, with its sister property at Adelaide Business Centre on Apollo Road known as Ten Square South.
A spokesman for Mr Kearney's company, Kilmona Property, said Ten Square West would mark an investment of around £18m in an 82-bed hotel and 46 apartments.
And at Ten Square South, an apart-hotel of 87 bedrooms and 26 serviced apartments would represent an investment of around £23.5m.
It would also feature 14 business studios and 10 studios for living or working.
Apart-hotels are a hybrid of hotels and apartments, which are run through a hotel operator.
Andras Hotels currently operates the Cordia serviced apartments on the Lisburn Road, while Dream Apartments operates serviced apartments in locations including the Obel Tower and Titanic Quarter.
Over the next two weeks Kilmona is to hold pre-application community consultation events at The Doyen pub in Balmoral before planning applications are submitted.
Meanwhile, another leading businessman is planning to revamp a major building into an office and retail development.
A story in this month's Ulster Business magazine - a sister publication of the Belfast Telegraph - revealed that a company linked to Newry man Brian McConville, who runs the successful MJM Group, has submitted plans for the extension and refurbishment of 18-19 Donegall Square East in the city centre.
The works include a new extension, commercial use and office accommodation.