Kilmona unveils new hotel planned for Chichester Street in Belfast

The company behind the Ten Square Hotel has plans for a new hotel on Belfast’s Chichester Street.

A planning application has been submitted for a 146-bed hotel on the upper floors of 69-87 Chichester Street by Kilmona Property Ltd.

The ground floor entrance to the building features a Centra store and a Granny Annies Kitchen bar. The former office building is known as Center House.

Plans have also been submitted for new construction on the same site to accommodate an additional 17 bedrooms.

Kilmona, which is behind the project, is run by businessman Patrick Kearney.

Mr Kearney operates a portfolio of hotels here under the name Loughview Leisure. It consists of the Ten Square, Chimney Corner and Loughshore hotels.

He also recently purchased the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick and revealed plans to turn the hotel and 200-acre golf resort into a DoubleTree by Hilton brand, which will be the first of its kind here.

DoubleTree is considered one of the premier brands in the Hilton Collection.

At the time, Christopher Kearney, Chief Financial Officer of Loughview Leisure Group, said: “We are delighted to add the Hilton Templepatrick resort to our current portfolio of hotels. DoubleTree by Hilton is one of the fastest growing brands within the Hilton portfolio and we are very pleased to be the first of this franchise in Northern Ireland.

The company said the acquisition “is expected to significantly increase the profitability and value of the group’s assets”.

In its latest business accounts for the year ending June 30, 2021, Kilmona revealed it had increased its turnover from £18.2m to £18.2m. This despite being forced to close its hotels during the pandemic.

The company’s real estate arm is expected to have helped sustain this growth despite the challenges.

Meanwhile, its hotel revenue fell by around £6m in the period to £1.6m.

Loughview Leisure’s financial report revealed that the company entered into a contract with the government to let two of its hotels to asylum seekers, “resulting in 100 per cent occupancy”.

The contract, he said, would last 18 months.

According to Future Belfast, Center House (formerly RAC House) is a five to eight storey office building on the corner of Chichester Street (Nos 69 to 87) and Victoria Street (Nos 149 to 159) comprising retail units at ground floor (c12,600 square feet) and offices above (approximately 62,300 square feet).

He said the building’s Chichester Street frontage – the part mentioned in the planning application – was built in the mid to late 1970s and has five floors, while the second phase, built in the 1990s, has eight floors.

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