London group's bid for 276-bed Titanic Quarter hotel green-lit by planners

A digital render of the JMK Group's proposed hotel
Ryan McAleer

A LONDON-based hospitality group's bid to build one of the biggest hotels in Belfast has been backed by city council planning officials.

JMK Group has proposed a 276-bed family-friendly hotel on Hamilton Dock, next to Titanic Belfast.

The plans for the seven storey building includes a roof top bar, along with a restaurant/café and conference facilities.

Subject to approval at Thursday's meeting of Belfast City Council's planning committee, the hotel could be open by the second quarter of 2021.

No brand has been unveiled for the hotel, but the JMK group portfolio, which is owned by the Kajani family, already includes a Holiday Inn Express on Dublin's O'Connell Street and the Marina Hotel in Waterford.

It's currently building a 421-bed Holiday Inn at Dublin Airport and a 249-bed Hampton by Hilton close to the Four Courts in Dublin city centre. The group also owns four hotels in London.

In a report recommending that the project go ahead, planning officials conclude: “Having had regard to the extant development plan, the draft development plan, relevant planning policies, planning approvals in the area, economic benefits and other material considerations the proposed development is considered on balance acceptable.”

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