Bank Square hotel a boost for city centre

Minister Mervyn Storey and MM Developments director Mark Matthews outside the vacant site at 38 - 42 Bank Street which will be transformed into a boutique hotel
Minister Mervyn Storey and MM Developments director Mark Matthews outside the vacant site at 38 - 42 Bank Street which will be transformed into a boutique hotel

A new boutique hotel is set to add to Belfast’s growing choice of accommodation and bring with it a new city centre restaurant.

The scheme to build a four floor hotel with accommodation for 33 people in 17 ensuite rooms has been given the go-ahead by Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey.

Subject to planning and other statutory approvals, the redevelopment of the vacant site at 38 - 42 Bank Stree, close to the Mourne Seafood Bar and Kelly’s Cellars, will be carried out by developer MM Developments.

“The developer’s proposal for a boutique hotel will be the final piece in the jigsaw of regenerating Bank Square in Belfast City Centre, and will complement the £3 million regeneration work recently undertaken in the area by my department,” said Mr Storey.

“The hotel development will provide an active frontage for Bank Street that will further enhance the new streetscape and contribute to the physical and economic renewal of the area.

“It will create job opportunities and attract tourists, which will benefit businesses both locally and in the wider city centre.

“This is an exciting time for Bank Square area, with events such as the weekly Folktown Market and other planned activities now bringing increased footfall to the area,” he added.

Mark Matthews of MM Developments said: “I am delighted to be selected as the preferred developer for the Bank Street site to continue the rejuvenation of the Bank Square.

He added: “I look forward to working closely with the Department to deliver the boutique hotel project, which will complement the existing hospitality offered in the Square and create new jobs and much needed economic activity in this unique part of the city centre.”