Plans for new Belfast apart-hotel as part of multi-million pound development

A picture of the proposed Belfast apart-hotel complex on the Apollo Road
Gareth McKeown

PLANS have been submitted for a Belfast apart-hotel as part of a new multi-million pound mixed-use scheme.

The Adelaide Business Centre site on Apollo Road is the subject of a major 155,000 sq ft development, which features an apart-hotel, office premises, as well as associated car parking and landscaping.

The proposed apart-hotel complex, which would be housed in one building, which rises to six storeys at its highest point, features a combination of 87 bedrooms and 26 serviced apartments, with the office space a mix of 14 business units and 10 live work studios. The plans, designed by Belfast-based Coogan & Co Architects, also have provision for 247 car parking spaces, in addition to courtyard gardens and a roof garden on the fourth floor.

A planning application was submitted by Belfast developer Paddy Kearney's, Kilmona Property for the 2.5 acre site earlier this month and if successful, it would further add to the hotel room capacity in the city.

The existing commercial complex, which would be demolished, features a two-storey office building fronting onto a car park overlooking Apollo Road, behind which sits two rows of warehouse units.

In all the site features 46 business units, totalling almost 46,000 sq ft and at present over half (57 per cent) is occupied by tenants including; We Buy Any Car, Clear Pharmacy, the Irish Football Association and Signature Works.

The proposed Belfast development come just four months after Oakland Holdings, fronted by Gareth Graham of the Sean Graham bookies chain, submitted a planning application for a 14-storey apart-hotel on the junction of Queen Street and College Street in the city.

The scheme, which should be open for business next year, comprises 189 apartments, a bar and restaurant, gymnasium, meeting rooms and event space.

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