Work Begins on Beannchor’s £4m Haslem Hotel at Lisburn Square

Main Photo: The new Haslem Hotel, Northern Ireland – imagined

Date: August 2019

Location: Lisburn Square, Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Name: The Haslem Hotel – opening Spring 2020

No. of Keys: 52

Seller: The site was a former Argos store

Buyer: Construction work on the development of the Beannchor Group’s new £4m Haslem Hotel in Lisburn Square is now under way.

It is anticipated the new hotel will open in spring 2020 and, when complete, will comprise 52 bedrooms, marking the first hotel in Lisburn city centre.

The Haslem will also be home to a contemporary open plan ground floor reception, lobby bar and restaurant, accessed from the central piazza, plus a gym, conference room and an underground car park.

The property, which is aiming for four-star status, is an entirely new concept for Beannchor, which owns and operates some of Northern Ireland’s leading hotels and hospitality venues, including Belfast’s 5-star Merchant Hotel, Bullitt Hotel and eight Little Wing Pizzerias.

A development loan to support the delivery of the wider project, which includes flexible workspace, was provided by the Northern Ireland Investment Fund, managed by CBRE Capital Advisors on behalf of the Department of Finance and the Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board.

Nicky McCollum, development director of Lisburn Square added: “We are delighted that construction of the Haslem Hotel has now started. Historically, Lisburn Square was regarded as a retail location but since Marcol took ownership in 2015, we have been working to re-position the scheme as a destination to eat, work, live and shop. The opening of Haslem will add to the eclectic mix of occupiers, with a number of other units within The Square also under negotiation.”

Will Church, senior director, CBRE Capital Advisors commented: “We are pleased to be funding the delivery of the Haslem Hotel, the first loan the Northern Ireland Investment Fund has made outside of Belfast. The loan supports a heavily underserviced hotel and flexible workspace market in Lisburn and boosts the regeneration of Lisburn Square, which is set to become an exciting retail, work and leisure destination.”

The Beannchor Group is Northern Ireland’s largest hospitality group. Earlier this year, the Group completed a £350,000 investment in the refurbishment of popular bar and eatery, The National in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and a £500,000 refurbishment of The Merchant Hotel’s public bar, The Cloth Ear.

THPT Comment: The above comment suggests that Beannchor is larger than Hastings Hotels…we shall find out!

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