Posted on Thursday 17 December 2015 by Ulster Business

Beannchor starts work on new belfast hotel

An artist's impression of the new hotel

By David Elliott

Steve McQueen has fired the starting pistol to signal the start of work on the newest hotel in Belfast.

Bill Wolsey’s Beannchor Group is in the process of redeveloping Lagan House on the corner of Victoria and Ann Street in the city into the 58-bedroom Bullitt hotel, named after the late US film actor.

It’s aiming at the mid-range market and is described by the company as the epitome of “urban chic with stylish, contemporary surroundings, alongside affordable room rates.”

As well as guests, the hotel - which was only recently granted planning permission - is aiming to catch passing trade with a restaurant, café and bar, accessible via both Ann and Victoria Street and also via an entrance on Castle Lane.

It’s the latest in a long line of developments in the area for Beannchor - which also owns The National, The Dirty Onion, The Merchant and over 50 pubs across the country – and represents a £4m investment.

Once completed, around 100 jobs will be created.

Conall Wolsey, director at the company, said it planned to create a new hotel concept.

“This is much more than a hotel; it’s a space that will be relevant to the modern day lives of our customers; a space led by design, technology and efficiency, all in a friendly atmosphere, with the food, drinks and service that Beannchor is renowned for within the hospitality industry.

“Innovation is at the heart of all of our plans; from our coffee serves through to the food that will be created in our restaurant, we are aiming to challenge the status quo and break new ground.”

“The life of the hotel will be the public ground floor space, which will feature a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and garden. 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.

“For our 100 new members of staff that will be employed at Bullitt, this provides a unique and exciting opportunity to play a part in bringing this new concept to life.”

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