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Bedford Street hotel vision expanded

An artist’s impression of the new hotel An artist’s impression of the new hotel
By Staff Reporter

THE owners of the Europa Hotel have dramatically increased the scale of their plan for a new complex on the site of the Windsor House high-rise in Bedford Street.

Announcing their vision of the new hotel, office, retail and hospitality complex in 2015, the Hastings Group envisioned 200 rooms for the hotel. But now a revised plan has upped that number to 304 in one of the biggest private development schemes seen in the city for some years.

The £30m ‘Grand Central’ project is the most ambitious project to date by the family-run group which has been synonymous with the hotel business in Belfast for decades. The revised planning application says: “The current proposals are seen as an evolution of this previous concept, better adapting the development to the Hastings Hotels long-term business development and investment strategy.”

It’s estimated that the new development will create 120 jobs during construction and a further 150 on completion of the project.

The planning application continues: “Following further analysis of the local leisure, hospitality and commercial property market, and re-evaluation of the company’s investment and business strategy, it was decided to concentrate on providing a full-service four-star hotel, providing 304 bedrooms, and enhanced public spaces.”

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