Belfast Telegraph

Company's new hotel and retail projects are worth £15m

Moorefield now working on second airport development

By John Mulgrew

A Northern Ireland construction firm is investing a further £15m in a new hotel and another major mixed-use retail development after completing a new unmanned petrol station at Belfast International Airport, it can be revealed.

Moorefield Contracts is also building a new £5m Premier Inn hotel, close to the airport, and developing a major £10m hotel, retail and leisure development in Dungannon.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Canice Mallaghan of Moorefield Contracts said the firm has a number of projects under way.

And he said the firm is also at the early stages of building a mixed-use development, including retail, for Dungannon, which is worth around £10m.

“We committed our capital to the projects and bought into what the vision was at the airport,” he said.

“We have been doing work for a number of years now, mostly residential.

“These are our first commercial developments.

“The hotel is an 81-bedroom hotel, which is a £5m investment.

“We are looking at 30 jobs during construction and 30 part-time towards completion.

“It’s a really exciting development for us. The developments are driven on the continued growth of passenger numbers — it is a customer-led development.”

Mr Mallaghan said that the hotel will take around nine months to build and is due to go out to public consultation this week.

“We hope to have the planning in place very early next year and could deliver the completed project by the end of next year,” he added.

And, while at an early stage, Moorefield is also behind a £10m mixed-use plan for Dungannon.

“We have a really exciting project in Dungannon, mixed use with a hotel, retail and leisure development down the line, and a lot of other projects in the pipeline.”

Speaking about the forecourt and hotel development close to Belfast International Airport, Mr Mallaghan revealed: “We met with Graham Keddie, managing director of Belfast International Airport, and bought into his vision for the airport, and how it was going to grow the number of routes and airlines.”

The firm has just opened its first new eight-pump Emo Express fuel forecourt in Ireland, which is based beside Park and Fly on Airport Road.

It’s set to include the first Insomnia coffee outlet and the first Marks & Spencer store at a petrol forecourt.

Mr Keddie said: “The forecourt is a first for Emo, a first for the developers and a first for the airport. I’m delighted with the outlet which adds considerably to the overall ‘offer’ at the airport.”

Richard Irvine, business development manager for Emo, said the development at Belfast International Airport is “particularly exciting, not only because it is our first Emo Express site in Northern Ireland, but also because of the calibre of the food court operators”.

He added: “The site complements our existing dealer network of Emo-branded filling stations across Ireland.”

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