Northern Ireland's largest hospitality group, Beannchor has announced plans to open a new £4million hotel in Belfast city centre, creating 100 new jobs.
The new 55-bedroom hotel will wrap around Victoria St and Ann St, occupying Lagan House - a building formerly occupied by the Department of Justice.
Subject to planning approval the hotel is expected to open in early 2016.
Located in the heart of the city centre, in close proximity to Victoria Square and the Cathedral Quarter, the ungraded hotel aims to epitomise urban chic with stylish, contemporary surroundings, alongside affordable room rates.
In addition to its sizeable accommodation offering, the complex will include a public work space with desktop computer access for residents and non-residents, high speed WiFi and wireless charging points for phones.
There will also be a destination ground floor bar/restaurant, with a courtyard garden, accessed via Church Lane, as well as a retail element on the ground floor.
Beannchor managing director Conall Wolsey said: "The life of the hotel will be the public ground floor space, which will feature a restaurant, bar and coffee shop. We see this space being used day and night by a range of people, not just hotel guests. It will be a place where people can work, relax and socialise, within Belfast’s vibrant social scene in the heart of the city centre.”
The news of this latest development follows the announcement last month that Beannchor has invested £250,000 in the launch of a new Little Wing Pizzeria in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh this summer. The opening of Beannchor's new hotel next year will bring the Group's total number of employees to over 750.