As further evidence of Belfast’s growing hotel pipeline, Dalata Hotel Group plc has agreed a £21 million development deal with McAleer & Rushe to deliver a 206-room Maldron Hotel on the developer’s mixed-use scheme on Brunswick Street in central Belfast.

The 14-storey building, designed by Belfast architect Consarc, on the site of the former Belfast Metropolitan College, received planning consent in November 2015.

Demolition works have almost completed and construction is due to begin in June. The hotel is expected to be completed in early 2018.

The other element of the McAleer & Rushe scheme is a 476-bed student housing scheme being developed for Queen’s University Belfast.

McAleer & Rushe development director Stephen Surphlis said:

“’We are pleased to announce Dalata Hotel Group as the operator and investor in our new Brunswick Street hotel project for their Maldron brand. This project marks the continuance of a longstanding relationship with the Hotel Group and brings the first new build hotel in the city to commence construction post recession. The Maldron brand will be  a much needed high quality addition to the business and tourist hotel offering in Belfast.”

Dermot Crowley, deputy CEO Business development & Finance at Dalata commented:

We are delighted to announce the development of a new Maldron Hotel in central Belfast, providing an extra 206 rooms in the city. RevPar growth was strong in 2015 in our existing Northern Irish hotels and we have been keen to expand our portfolio in Belfast. This new hotel continues the rapid growth of the Maldron brand on the island of  Ireland and we look forward to working with McAleer & Rushe on the development.”