by JULIE ANN SPENCE
The proposed new five star hotel for Lisburn.
WORK could begin on the £20m five star hotel on the Hillhall
Road in October if the Planning Service give it the green light
by the summer.
This week the man behind the project, top
hotelier Arthur Mooney, pledged to deal with any concerns local
people may have about the development as he revealed it would
take two years to complete.
He also dismissed concerns the hotel would
house a disco, which would cause noise and disruption to the
"It will not be a disco hotel," said Mr
Mooney. "This will be a high end hotel and it is in our interest
to make sure there is no noise or disruption."
He also said the hotel would look to the past
with a design based on the old linen houses which were once a
feature of the Lagan Valley.
"This will be a five star hotel with 96 rooms
which will be about twice the size of the normal hotel room, a
Michelin Star quality restaurant and a spa that will be one of
the best in Europe" Mr Mooney said.
He also said that leading consultants ARUP
have been employed to address any roads issues and were already
in contact with the DRD. Mr Mooney, who also runs the Armagh
City Hotel, the Dunadry and the Wellington Park, said said there
was a clear need for more top quality hotels in Northern
Ireland. "If you look at the Republic or England, there are as
many five star hotels as four star. That's not the case here and
we have no doubt there will be a demand" he said.
Mr Mooney said he was delighted with the
reaction he has got to the plan to build in Lisburn, with
support from the Tourist Board, Lagan Valley Regional Park and
"The council have been very pro-active" he
said "and it is a delight to work with a council who are being
very innovative and encouraging."
Mr Mooney also revealed the multi-million
pound hotel, which he hoped would attract international visitors
and high profile guests, as well as welcoming local people
through its doors, would provide 90 full time and 150 part time