Planning approval granted for new family-friendly hotel in Titanic Quarter
Belfast City Council has given consent to plans to develop a 276-bed hotel located at Hamilton Dock in the Titanic Quarter. The decision to approve the application was made at January’s planning committee meeting, where all members gave the green light to the new family-focused hotel.
Set to be developed by family-run hospitality group JMK Group, the hotel will be located just off the Queen’s Road in the Titanic Quarter and will seek to provide high quality accommodation and amenities to those visiting one of Belfast’s most popular tourism districts.
“We are delighted with Belfast City Council’s decision to approve this exciting hotel development and are eager to progress our investment in the area,” said John Kajani, founder and chairman of JMK Group. “Belfast has become a destination-of-choice, particularly for families and city-break enthusiasts, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to support the thriving economic growth of the City’s tourism industry.”
The approved hotel will offer a range of amenities including a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Titanic Quarter, a gym and conference facilities. Designed with family visitors in mind, the hotel boasts 100 family rooms, in addition to a mix of standard rooms and suites.
The accepted proposals will seek to deliver a modern waterfront design with the surrounding building in Titanic Quarter. Situated beside the Hamilton Graving Dock, SS Nomadic and Titanic Belfast, the development will be positioned in a prime location for visitors exploring the district’s top attractions to also enjoy the hotel’s ground floor café, restaurant and retail offering.
JMK Group will operate directly under franchise to an international brand. Construction on the hotel is expected to begin in spring 2020, with an anticipated opening date in summer 2021.
“Ideally located on Hamilton Dock, our hotel will welcome visitors of the Titanic Quarter, as well as those visiting the wider Queen’s island, waterfront and Belfast City,” said Kajani. “We have given thorough consideration to identifying a suitable operator who can deliver a high-quality guest experience and cater to families and solo travellers alike. We look forward to introducing our chosen brand of the hotel in due course and begin construction on this new landmark for the Titanic Quarter.”
Brian Kelly, director of planning consultancy Turley, said: “The approval of the new hotel on Hamilton Dock marks a major milestone for the ongoing development of the Titanic Quarter. We are pleased to see Belfast City Council support our client’s ambitions to deliver high calibre accommodation in the area and nurture further growth for the local tourism sector.”
JMK Group is a privately-owned and family operated hospitality company. The Group already operates six hotels across the UK and Ireland including four hotels in London, the Holiday Inn Express in Dublin City Centre, and the Waterford Marina Hotel. The approved hotel in Titanic Quarter will be the Group’s first location in Northern Ireland. It also has a further four hotels under construction: three in Dublin and one due to open shortly in London.