New spa and gym and 66 more bedrooms in £18m scheme at Ten Square

Announcing the Ten Square scheme are (from left) Loughview Leisure Group's operations director Stephen Carson and finance director Christopher Kearney, with Ulster Bank's Andy Tew (relationship manager) and Gordon Davidson (relationship director). Photo: Darren Kidd/PressEye

A NEW spa and gym as well as an additional 66 bedrooms are being created in the latest multi-million pound phase of development at Ten Square Hotel in Belfast city centre.

Loughview Leisure Group, which owns the hotel, is investing £18 million to upgrade and expand the hotel, including with a newly opened rooftop champagne and cocktail bar called The Loft.

And the investment, backed by Ulster Bank, will bring the number of bedrooms at Ten Square to more than 130 and will include the refurbishment of the hotel's kitchen and restaurant. These works are expected to be completed in the months ahead.

A business centre with conferencing facilities, function rooms and events space has also been added to the hotel (

Loughview Leisure Group finance director Christopher Kearney said: “We're delighted to be completing such a significant project which will enhance our guests' experience and help ensure that the hotel is at the forefront of Belfast's constantly evolving visitor offering.

"Ulster Bank has been extremely supportive of the investments we are making and the expertise of their team has added real value to the projects.”

On the new gym, Mr Kearney added: “Planning is expected in the next few weeks and the gym should be operational by July, which will enhance the range of guest services available at Ten Square.”

Ulster Bank's head of corporate banking Kenton Hilman said: “This multi-million pound upgrade to one of Belfast's most centrally located hotels will significantly enhance the visitor experience, add to the city's tourism offering, and create valuable new jobs.

"We're pleased to be working with Loughview Leisure Group to help make the investment a reality and in doing so add value to the local economy.”

He added: “There are a number of important investments ongoing relating to Northern Ireland's growing visitor numbers and more widely we are seeing good investment in a range of sectors including, not just hospitality, but also food and drink, IT and manufacturing.

"This is reflected in Ulster Bank latest results, which show a 15 percent increase in corporate lending in Northern Ireland in the past year.”

Ulster Bank has supported a wide range of recent hotel projects in Northern Ireland, including the recently opened Titanic Hotel Belfast, as well as the refurbishment of the Chimney Corner Hotel.

The latter included the addition of new rooms, a new reception, and an upgraded frontage in an investment also made by Loughview Leisure Group.

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