Belfast City Council's planning committee has approved plans for a 13-storey aparthotel and office development in the city.
As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, the planned aparthotel and office development, which will be called Bedford Yard, will be located at a red-brick terrace between the Wetherspoon and Pizza Express venues on Belfast's Bedford Street.
The planned aparthotel will include 132 rooms and will offer hotel services and serviced apartment accommodation with living areas and kitchenettes.
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The development will also include two restaurants on its ground floor.
Todd Architects, which is working on the project for Belfast-based hotel business Andras House, said that the development will create hundreds of employment opportunities.
"A Scheme That Will Provide Vitality"
The Belfast Telegraph quotes Andrew Murray of Todd Architects as saying, "The success of this planning application is welcome news for the local hospitality sector and Belfast city centre as a whole. The scheme will breathe life back into the historic frontage on Bedford Street, blending the modern design of the aparthotel with the traditional features in the existing terrace.
"We believe Bedford Yard is the type of thoughtfully-designed, high-quality, large-scale development desired by Belfast city, assisting growth and supporting other investment and the city's ongoing regeneration in a scheme that will provide vitality through its mixed-use nature."
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