Belfast Telegraph

Londonderry to get 77 new jobs from hospitality projects

By John Mulgrew

Londonderry is to gain from 77 new jobs as work gets under way on two boutique hotels in the heart of the city.

The former Northern Counties Club building on Bishop Street is being converted into a 31-bed hotel — featuring a restaurant and cookery school.

Meanwhile, the former bank building in Shipquay Street will be transformed into a 20-bed hotel, complete with a bar. The projects have received funding from the Department for Social Development (DSD) and Department of Environment (DoE).

DSD minister Mervyn Storey said the projects are a “major boost to the local economy providing 77 new jobs for the local hospitality sector, as well as the construction jobs needed to undertake the work”.

“This is a fantastic addition to the city’s selection of hotels which will help build on the legacy of the UK City of Culture, encouraging visitors to come and see Londonderry’s many attractions,” he said.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “It is fitting that these important projects in Bishop Street and Shipquay Street will now proceed as a result of funding from my department, DSD and the efforts of the Inner City Trust.”

“It is important we strive together to realise Derry’s full potential.”

The work — which is being carried out by Conway Brothers Construction — is expected to be completed by late summer.

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