Developer reveals plans for major expansion of Hilton hotel and golf resort in Templepatrick

The Loughview Leisure Group has revealed its plans to expand the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick.

A BELFAST developer has revealed plans for a major upgrade to the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick.

Loughview Leisure, the hospitality arm of Paddy Kearney’s Kilmona Group, has proposed adding 60 hotel suites, 44 lodges and 44 apartments to the Co Antrim venue.

Mr Kearney's group bought the 200-acre hotel and golf resort in August 2021, with plans to rebrand as DoubleTree by Hilton, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. DoubleTree is one of the premier brands within the Hilton collection.

The plans, which involve both an extension of the existing hotel building and the construction of two new blocks, also provides for a new function room, rooftop spa, conservatory extension, shepherds huts/log cabins, and ‘associated countryside estate outdoor activities’.

The details were revealed in a proposal of application notice (PAN) submitted on Wednesday to Antrim and Newtownabbey council.

Loughview Leisure's hotel portfolio includes Ten Square in Belfast, as well as the Chimney Corner Hotel in Newtownabbey and Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus.

The latest set of accounts reported by Loughview for the year ending June 30 2020 revealed a 28.5 per cent fall in turnover to £8.3m, largely due to the impact of the first Covid-19 lockdown.

The hospitality company ended the year with loss before tax of £462,364.

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