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Ingredients of Odyssey’s £10m revamp plan revealed

By Rebecca Black

A planned revamp of the Odyssey Pavilion in east Belfast is set to include 16 bar and restaurant units, a health club and a climbing wall.

A planning application has revealed plans for a major reconfiguration of the interior of the entertainment complex which opened in 2000.

The application will go before Belfast City Council's planning committee tomorrow evening. The biggest physical change to the complex will be the new health club on the first floor, as well as a climbing wall.

The application also proposes a new foyer, access deck bridge and a new front facade.

Overall the net internal floorspace of the Odyssey will be increased by approximately 2,000 sq metres.

The proposal is expected to get the green light at the meeting on Tuesday. The scheme is estimated to cost £10m and hundreds of jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase as well as many long-term jobs in the new units.

Guy Hollis from the applicant, Matagorda 2 Ltd, said: "Our key objective is to improve the overall visual quality and tenant offering of the Pavilion, making it a more attractive and user-friendly destination."

Robert Fitzpatrick, CEO of The Odyssey Trust, said: "For some years, the Odyssey Pavilion has suffered from underinvestment in comparison to W5 and the SSE Arena. It is now very heartening to see the new owner make a strong long-term commitment to what is an extremely important asset for the people of Northern Ireland."

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