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Beannchor Group’s £4m Lisburn Square hotel given go-ahead

The Beannchor Group has been given planning permission to develop a £4m hotel at Lisburn Square, County Antrim.

The 52-bedroom property, which will be the first hotel in Lisburn city centre, is expected to open in autumn 2019. An artist’s impression of the new hotel reveals a contemporary look and feel to the venue, featuring a glass fronted ground floor façade.

The hotel, which is named ‘The Haslem’, will have an contemporary open plan ground floor reception and a lobby bar and restaurant, accessed from the central piazza. The development will also include a residents’ gym, conference room and an underground car park.

The property, which is aiming for four-star status, is an entirely new concept for Beannchor, which owns and operates some of Northern Ireland’s leading hotels and hospitality venues, including Belfast’s 5-star Merchant Hotel, Bullitt Hotel and eight Little Wing Pizzerias.

Bill Wolsey, managing director, Beannchor said: “Our vision for The Haslem is to create a stylish, urban space that will enhance the hospitality offering of Lisburn city centre. The success of our Little Wing Pizzeria in Lisburn

Square showed that there is a clear demand for high quality hospitality venues in the city and gave us confidence in this investment.

“We are passionate about the creation of new and exciting concepts that meet and exceed the needs of the modern hotel guest. We hope that this new hotel, which will have its own distinct personality, look and feel, will be a fresh, vibrant new space that the people of Lisburn can take great pride in.”

He added: “We are also proud to provide a significant economic boost to the city, with the creation of 75 full and part time roles; and we believe this could be the catalyst to entice other businesses to invest in the area.”

The Beannchor Group is Northern Ireland’s largest hospitality group. Its portfolio includes The Merchant Hotel, Belfast; Bullitt Hotel and The Dirty Onion in Belfast; The Hillside in Hillsborough and eight Little Wing Pizzerias in locations across Northern Ireland. The group also recently completed a £350,000 investment in the refurbishment of popular bar and eatery, The National in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

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