Plans have been submitted to Ards and North Down Borough Council for a major redevelopment on the site of the old Bangor Leisure Centre at Castle Park Avenue in Bangor. The £7 million investment is for an 85 bedroom Premier Inn hotel as well as an on-site restaurant which will be open to the public. It is estimated that the proposal will create over 30 jobs when completed.
Premier Inn is the UKs biggest hotel brand with over 700 hotels across the UK and 7 in Northern Ireland. The popular hotelier has been looking for a suitable site in Bangor for a number of years and considers the Castle Park Avenue site, which has been vacant since early 2013, the ideal location.
Bangor is one of Northern Ireland’s most attractive seaside resorts and the Hotel will be in close proximity to the towns’ excellent retail offer and the Aurora Leisure Centre. The area also has excellent direct access to Belfast by road and rail. The hotel is therefore expected to attract thousands of additional visitors to Bangor each year.
Matt Aubrey, Acquisitions Manager for Premier Inn, said:
“Working with our development partner, Conway Group, we have submitted plans for a brand new 85-bedroom Premier Inn in Bangor. If approved, the new hotel will deliver £7 million in fresh investment, 30 new year-round jobs and attract new visitors to the area. We look forward to Ards and North Down Borough Council’s decision.”
Des Taggart of Conway Group, commented;
"We are delighted to continue our excellent and longstanding relationship with Premier Inn Hotels through this proposal having already successfully developed their hotels in Lisburn and Derry / Londonderry. We are also currently working on the delivery of additional bedrooms at the Premier Inn Hotel on Waring Street in Belfast city centre."
"The new Premier Inn Hotel in Bangor will be a fantastic addition to the area and will boost the local economy as well as supporting the ongoing regeneration of the town."
Conway Group also plan to develop 14 luxury apartments on the site. These will be situated next to the new hotel, overlooking Castle Park and Bangor Castle. This separate planning application represents a further £2m investment.
It is estimated that both the hotel and Apartment schemes will create 80 jobs in the local construction sector.