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Co Antrim hotel completes £400,000 expansion project

Keith Carmichael, owner of the Ross Park Hotel, pictured with Andy Tew and Gordon Davidson from Ulster Bank
Gareth McKeown

A CO Antrim Hotel has just completed a £400,000 expansion project to enhance its offering as a wedding venue.

The Ross Park Hotel on the outskirts of Ballymena has opened a bespoke wedding pavilion following the major investment, supported by Ulster Bank.

The expansion also includes extensive refurbishment works to revamp existing facilities, including the lobby and main function space.

The new wedding pavilion allows for civil marriage ceremonies to take place, with capacity for 120 guests. Overlooking a wooded area and gardens it further boasts a stain glass window and carries state of the art technology, including camera equipment to live-stream your wedding all over the world for any family or friends who may be living overseas.

It is hoped that the new venue will boost staffing levels at the hotel with owners expecting to create more jobs in the autumn.

Keith Carmichael, director of Carmichaels NI Limited, the owners of the Ross Park, said he expects the new wedding pavilion to be a popular addition.

“Weddings are a key part of our customer base at the Ross Park , and as such, we wanted to maximise our offering to would-be clients. Having noticed an increase in the number of couples opting for a civil ceremony rather than a church wedding, we decided to add on a purpose-built wedding pavilion away from the hustle and bustle of the main hotel."

Ulster Bank business development manager, Andy Tew added: “The work at the Ross Park Hotel has been carried out to an exceptionally high standard and we're proud to have played a role in this upgrade. The enhanced facilities make the Ross Park a very attractive choice for any kind of wedding celebration and will add significant value to the local area."

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