Posted on Monday 29 July 2019 by John Mulgrew
Belfast looks set to get a new 276-bedroom hotel amid freshly submitted plans for a development across from Titanic Belfast.
Plans have now be submitted for the large hotel, which will include conferencing facilities, rooftop bar and restaurant, at the Hamilton Dock site.
JMK Group is behind the scheme and the hotel would the company’s first investment into Northern Ireland.
While an operator for the hotel has not yet been announced, the group has developed a series of Holiday Inn hotels across the UK and Ireland, as well as Seraphine hotels.
The hotel would be a six-storey development, sitting close to the existing Titanic Hotel and directly opposite the Titanic Belfast visitor centre.
Planning permission has previously been granted for a similar hotel at the site. The hotel is being designed by Belfast architects RMI Architects, and is planned to open in the summer of 2021.
Speaking earlier this year, Brian Kelly, a director at the project’s planning consultants, Turley said: “As part of the master-planning team for Titanic Quarter, Turley is very excited to be part of this exciting project. We are delighted that a leading UK hotel developer has chosen Titanic Quarter as its first location in Northern Ireland.
“This major investment will support the area’s successful evolution into a world-class tourism destination, an international exhibition and conferencing location and a hub of local, national and international business and education.”
And a spokesman for JMK Group said the project is “about making a strategic investment in Belfast’s tourism sector, meeting the increasing demand from families who see Belfast and Titanic Quarter as a family friendly destination”. “We believe that the growth of the tourist sector in Belfast and Northern Ireland has an exciting future.”