Plans revealed for 70-bedroom
hotel near Leisureplex
by JULIE ANN SPENCE
How the new hotel planned for the Leisureplex
LISBURN'S first city centre hotel -beside the Lagan Valley
Leisureplex - could be up and running within two years.
This week local developer Joe Tumelty revealed details of the
plan to bring a multimillion pound three star, 70-bedroom hotel
to the site off Governor's Road.
The hotel will be built at the car park to the right of the
Omniplex and, crucially, will not be dependent on grant aid from
Invest NI, meaning it can be built quickly, once planning
permission is granted.
As well as investing some £7 million on building the hotel,
Mr Tumelty also hopes to build 60 apartments on the site,
bringing the total investment to £10 million.
Speaking to the Ulster Star this week Mr Tumelty, from Ebony
Developments, and architect Ciaran Deazley from Gregory
Architects assured local people their commitment was to bring a
'family-friendly hotel' to the site.
"This isn't something, we have just come up with," said Mr
Tumelty. "We have been planning this for over two years and we
hope at this stage we have ticked all the appropriate boxes."
Plans for the hotel development were submitted to the planners
last month, but Mr Tumelty said initial consultations with the
Planning Service had been 'favourable.
He also stressed the hotel, which will also
include 250 car parking spaces, would be aimed at families and
businessmen who are visiting the city, as well as sportsmen and
women using the facilities at the Leisureplex and Salto Gym.
"This will compliment the existing facilities
at the Leisureplex," he continued. "Families are currently
travelling from places such as Londonderry and Enniskillen to
use the Lisburn facilities. This hotel will mean they can turn
that visit into an overnight stay."
He said that while it will be an affordable
three star city centre hotel it will be built to four star
standard, with the rooms measuring 28 square metres, some seven
square metres larger than the average three star room.
In addition to the hotel and apartments, Ebony Developments
would also undertake extensive improvements to Governors Road,
to include a new slip road into the Leisureplex site and a
right-hand turning exit, with an additional lane down to the
Hotel project gets seal of approval
Patricia Elliott Lisburn City
Management, Joe Tumelty of Ebony Developments,
Ciaran Deazley of Gregory Architects and MLA
Edwin Poots Chairman of Lisburn City Centre
Management look at plans for Lisburn's first
city centre hotel. US2308-138A0
THE plans for a multi-million pound hotel in
Lisburn City Centre have been warmly welcomed by Lagan Valley
MLA Edwin Poots, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management and
Patricia Elliott, Lisburn City Centre Manager.
Mr Poots and Ms Elliott met with the
developer and architect this week to look over the plans, which
were submitted last month, and both are confident it will be a
huge boost for the city.
"I am confident this scheme will go ahead,
which is why I want to support it," said Mr Poots. "We have had
a lot of promises of hotels and a lot of disappointments.
However, the owner of this company is a local man, committed to
making things happen and he has already developed a number of
sites in the city, including Garvey Studios."
Mr Poots added that he was certain the city
could sustain more than one hotel.
"We are confident Lisburn can cope with the
number of hotels planned for the city," he said. "If you look at
other cities of similar size they have four or five hotels."
Ms Elliott added: "We are delighted Mr
Tumelty is getting this off the ground. I thank him for the time
he has put into it and I know it will be a big boost for Lisburn."
Another hotel gets the green light
PLANS for a city centre hotel were revealed
in the same week that planning permission was granted for
another hotel in the city.
Lisburn City Council's Planning Committee
welcomed news that approval had been granted for the development
at Knocknadona Quarry on the Moneybroom Road.
The plans for a multi-million pound 50 bedroom
hotel and health spa were submitted last year, but Holywood
Homes and Ardcastle Developments, who are working in conjunction
with Capella Hotels, a luxury hotel group who will be building
their first hotel in Northern Ireland at the quarry site. Plans
for the hotel and health spa also include car parking,
walk/fitness trails and landscaping of the former quarry.
Welcoming the granting of planning permission, Councillor Allan
Ewart said he was giving 100% backing to the development.
Chairman of the Council's Planning Committee, William Leathem
added: "I hope it is not too long before we have this hotel up