Northern Ireland First Minister Paul Givan and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have announced that construction works have commenced on a Derry hotel project.
A statement published on ExecutiveOffice-NI.gov.uk noted that the project will transform five buildings on the Ebrington site, including the clock tower, into a four-star hotel that includes 152 beds and spa and leisure facilities.
According to the statement, the development is costing £15 million, with £7.25 million being provided via the NI Investment Fund and £1.75 million coming from Invest Northern Ireland. It is anticipated that work on the project will be finished by the summer of next year.
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Developers Cecil Doherty and Liam Tourish joined Givan and O’Neill to cut the first sod, as construction work on the project got under way.
The statement published on ExecutiveOffice-NI.gov.uk included a statement from Givan, in which he said, “As work begins on the Ebrington Hotel, I’m pleased to mark another step forward, not just for the Ebrington site, but for Londonderry itself. It continues to grow as a vibrant, modern city, which is looking to the future with confidence – and there is a real sense of that optimism here today.”
Givan also said, “I applaud the developers of the Ebrington Hotel for their investment in the city, and indeed everyone playing a role in creating a better tomorrow.”
The statement published on ExecutiveOffice-NI.gov.uk also included a statement from O’Neill, in which she said, “The commencement of construction on the Ebrington Hotel is a milestone day for Derry. This major investment will create jobs, both during the construction phase and after the hotel has opened. We have made great progress in the development of the Ebrington site and, together with the Grade A office space due to be completed soon, this new hotel will bring a renewed vibrancy and a real boost to the regional economy. I offer my congratulations to the developers and all who have played a part in getting us to this point.”
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