New homes and hotel get go-ahead in Londonderry

By Donna Deeney

Published 09/09/2016

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    New homes and hotel get go-ahead in Londonderry

    The construction industry has been given a significant boost after more than 230 new homes, a 116-bed hotel and a children’s play area in Londonderry were given planning permission.

New Homes And Hotel Get Go-ahead In Londonderry

New Homes And Hotel Get Go-ahead In Londonderry

A total of 53 apartments on the Foyle Road and 169 new houses in the Waterside have been given the green light

The construction industry has been given a significant boost after more than 230 new homes, a 116-bed hotel and a children’s play area in Londonderry were given planning permission. A total of 53 apartments on the Foyle Road and 169 new houses in the Waterside were given the green light by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s planning committee, alongside plans for the third city centre hotel in recent months.

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Planning committee chairman John Boyle said he wanted to see the applicants begin work as soon as possible.

“These applications will give a necessary boost to the construction industry in the short-term and will provide homes for over 230 families in the longer term,” Mr Boyle added.

“Along with this, the construction of a new city centre hotel will help grow the tourism industry in the city, which has been one of our success stories since 2012, when we first hosted the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race.

“There is another hotel planned for Foyle Street, but the reality is that even with these the demand for hotel bed space and the whole tourism economy in Derry is growing at such a rate that there is room for more hotels in the future.”

City centre manager Jim Roddy said: “City centre hotel owners are telling me that the figures for the first quarter of 2016 are up again and they expect this to continue right throughout the rest of the year.

“We all know 2013 was a boom year for us with the City of Culture title.

Figures dropped in 2014, as we expected they would, but since that they have grown.”

Belfast Telegraph

Bank Square boutique hotel in Belfast gets green light

Bank Square Boutique Hotel In Belfast Gets Green Light Artist’s impression of the new Bank Square hotel in Belfast

A boutique hotel at Bank Square in heart of Belfast city centre has been given the go ahead. Plans are under way to build the four-storey hotel featuring 17 bedrooms beside the Mourne Seafood Bar and Kelly s Cellars.

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It’s been described as a ’boutique travel hotel’, and will also include a ground floor restaurant. Councillor Peter Johnston, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee said: “We are pleased to see Belfast s tourism infrastructure being further boosted by these two developments as our city s popularity as a visitor destination continues to grow.”

The application was been made by Cedarr Properties Ltd.

It’s understood MM Developments is the team behind the build. When it was first announced in August last year, it received a vocal backing by the former Department for Social Development. The then minister Mervyn Storey said the new plans “will be the final piece in the jigsaw of regenerating Bank Square in Belfast city centre”.

Permission was also granted for a four storey extension to the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express on University Street to provide 60 new bedrooms. The news comes as work has finally begun on the 30m Grand Central hotel. The four-star, 200-bedroom building will transform 23-storey Windsor House, which owners Hastings Hotels bought for 6.5m.

There are now around two dozen hotels in the works across Belfast. And there are also plans for a 206-bedroom development at the former Belfast Metropolitan College building on Brunswick Street, and a Hampton by Hilton hotel.

Leisure facilities

City councillors approved plans for the proposed 179-room Hampton on Hope Street, which is owned by Andras House. Work also finally began on a hotel at the former Harland & Wolff drawing offices in the Titanic Quarter, earlier this year.

During Tuesday night’s council meeting leisure facility upgrades in the city were also approved, with planning permission being granted for a replacement main stand and hospitality suites at Cliftonville Football Club and a new clubhouse and tiered seating area, indoor training facility with changing and fitness facilities, floodlit synthetic hockey pitch and two five a side football pitches at Newforge Country Club. The erection of a changing pavilion at Sally Gardens was also approved. The committee also granted approval for a mixed use regeneration scheme including 10 terraced social housing dwellings, 18 apartments, a cr che, youth club, retail units and offices at The Wolfhill Centre, 148 Ligoniel Road.

High-rise fire forces hotel evacuation in north Phoenix

A construction site was engulfed in flames forcing people to evacuate a nearby hotel.

High-rise Fire Forces Hotel Evacuation In North Phoenix

Firefighters battle a high-rise fire near Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard, Aug.

2, 2016. (Photo: Phoenix Fire Department)

PHOENIX – A high-rise building fire caused the evacuation of a nearby hotel early Tuesday. The fire, breaking out after 3 a.m. near the Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard, prompted a two-alarm response with as many as 80 firefighters involved, fire department spokesperson Capt. Ardell Deliz said.

The building was a hotel under construction, near the site of a Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express, which firefighters evacuated. Trying to keep the fire from spreading to nearby buildings, firefighters set up defensive positions near the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn and searched the surrounding desert for embers. Thirty-four rooms were occupied in the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn and all 49 guests were evacuated, according to officials.

Hotel guest, Irma Zuko, got the scary morning wakeup call.

I looked outside and I could see the giant flame in the reflection in that building across the street from here and saw two women running in the parking lot,” Zuko said. General Manager, Anju Desai, calls one of her overnight employees a hero.

He actually started with me about two weeks ago,” Desai said. “He got the checklist. He went through the hallways. He made sure every guest was evacuated. A guest who woke up to the hotel’s fire alarms told 12 News that firefighters planned to escort guests back to the hotel so they could collect their belongings and transfer to another Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn hotel.

The Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn suffered damage to the exterior, with scorched walls and blown-out windows. No one was reported hurt, though five officers were evaluated for smoke inhalation. Steve Wilson is a project manager on the construction site.

He says about 60 to 70 of his guys are out of work today, and he doesn t know when they can start rebuilding.

When I got the call this morning, I thought it had to be a sad joke,” Wilson said. “I couldn t believe something like this would happen. Wilson says the construction site was expecting to finish up on August 15. Now a new date will be set. The Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn’s general manager says she’ll probably have to close the hotel doors for a couple months for cleanup. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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( 2016 KPNX)


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