Belfast Telegraph

Staff laid off while hotel undergoes renovations

by Gareth Cross

Staff have been laid off at north Belfast's Lansdowne Hotel due to extensive renovation works that require the premises to be shut down indefinitely.

Metro Inns, which bought the hotel in 2012 for around £700,000, said staff will be able to return to their jobs when the venue reopens. But the English budget chain said it was impossible to say how long the property would be closed for.

"On April 11, the Lansdowne Hotel called an emergency meeting with all staff members to inform them that effective immediately the hotel would be shut for major refurbishment," a spokesperson said.

"This refurbishment was originally scheduled for early summer but had to be brought forward due to immediate health and safety concerns following a recent Environmental Inspection.

"Due to the seriousness of the safety issues involved, extensive investigations and work will have to be carried out and as such, it is impossible to judge the length of closure of the business.

"Due to this, all staff have to be laid off and when the hotel reopens for operation, those staff members will automatically be contacted to resume their duties."

Metro Inns said the regional director had suffered from serious ill health since summer 2017 and "this has had an impact on the level of standard" at the hotel.

"Due to the director's ongoing issues, they will step down formally from their role and will not be continuing at the Lansdowne Hotel in the future. At this time, it is not known if the Lansdowne Hotel, when reopened, will operate under its former Metro Inns banner."

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