Belfast Telegraph

Co Tyrone firm wins £4m contract for fit-out work at Lisburn Square hotel

Martin Kernan of Konstruct Interiors with Ulster Bank’s John Ferris
Martin Kernan of Konstruct Interiors with Ulster Bank’s John Ferris

By Mark McConville

A Co Tyrone-based fit-out company has been awarded a £4m contract for work at a new four-star hotel in Lisburn.

Konstruct Interiors will be responsible for the conversion, refurbishment and fit-out of The Haslem Hotel, Lisburn's first city centre hotel.

The hotel, which will be run by the owners of the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, the Beannchor Group, is situated in Lisburn Square.

It's expected the hotel will open in spring 2020 and create 75 jobs.

Nicky McCollum, development director at Lisburn Square, said the hotel would be an "exciting new venue" for the city of Lisburn.

"Haslem Hotel has always been about creating a bespoke, urban style so it was very much a design-led project," he added.

"From the outset it was clear that Konstruct Interiors understood our vision for the hotel and we are confident that they will bring style and flair to the project."

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Haslem Hotel will be the first project in the hotels sector in Northern Ireland undertaken by Konstruct Interiors.

And the company says that it expects it will generate more opportunities for work within the hospitality industry.

Martin Kernan, managing director of the group, also said enrolling on Ulster Bank's Accelerator programme had been a key element behind much of the group's success. The programme is based at the bank's headquarters in Donegall Square. "We joined the bank's Accelerator programme in March 2019 and while we weren't a traditional 'start-up' business, we knew we needed help to accelerate the growth of Konstruct Interiors.

"Over the last six months we have received invaluable mentorship and been introduced to key players within the industry who have helped us to win lucrative contracts.

"Being part of the Accelerator, surrounded by so many other entrepreneurs and with the support from the programme mentors, has definitely helped us develop our business structures.

"We are a young, driven company with a solid business acumen and the means to recruit the best people to our team."

Beannchor has said that the 52-bedroom development will "epitomise urban style" and will feature a conference room, residents' gym and underground car park as well as a lobby bar and restaurant.

The Beannchor Group also owns Belfast's five-star Merchant Hotel, Bullitt Hotel and eight Little Wing Pizzerias. It's also planning a new hotel in Dublin through Cathedral Leisure but has been locked in a planning row with a company which also wishes to develop a hotel in the Markets in Dublin.

Cathedral Leisure plans to develop a 62-bed hotel on the site of the former Boland's bakery and biscuit factory near Capel Street.

It's expected to be its second Bullitt Hotel after it launched the brand with a hotel in Belfast's Church Lane in 2016.

But Cathedral's plans are on hold pending an appeal to Irish planning body An Bord Pleanala.

It has lodged an objection with Dublin City Council against the proposed development of a 278-bedroom hotel by Creekvale.

It wants to build a hotel on the site of the existing Begley's Fruit Market on Arran Street East.

Cathedral said it plans to develop the Victorian bakery buildings, which are protected structures, into "a unique hotel experience".

But Cathedral Leisure director James Sinton said Creekvale's proposed hotel would create an overbearing presence because of its height and scale.

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