Andras Hotels announced plans to demolish the old Londonderry Hotel building in Portrush and replace it will a new 103-bedroom at a cost of £8 million in May 2017.
These proposals consisted of the full demolition of on-site properties and the development of a 103 bedroom hotel.
Following listing of the building in June 2017, and having considered all feedback from local residents, businesses and statutory agencies, the company since revised these plans to respond to the comments made, and the new listed building designation.
Andras Hotels, have submitted revised proposals for a £6.6m hotel regeneration project in Portrush. A 87-bedroom boutique hotel will be located on the site of the former Londonderry Hotel on Main Street.
The £6.6m regeneration investment represents a significant opportunity for economic growth and regeneration in the area, with the hotel expecting to contribute a further £1.4 million to the economy each year. The development supports Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s ambition to increase visitor numbers by providing high quality accommodation on a site long associated with hospitality in Portrush.
The updated proposals include the retention and restoration of the properties fronting on 39-41 Main Street, including the retention and restoration of the façade fronting on to Main Street. These changes have been made to restore the most important historical and architectural features of these buildings – retaining features that add to the character of the town, whilst ensuring development of a new hotel build that will add to the future vibrancy of Portrush.
These new proposals respond specifically to concerns raised regarding the previously proposed height, scale and massing, by adopting a 4 to 5 storey extension to the rear of the retained terrace of the listed property. This extension will be stepped down to the front terrace, reducing the visual impact of the hotel on Main Street improving the relationship between the new and listed parts of the building.
Local UUP Councillor Norman Hillis has welcomed the announcement of a new hotel for Portrush. “This is more good news for Portrush and the economy of the Causeway Coast. To have a brand new hotel right in the heart of Portrush will bring significant benefits on all year round basis. It is also good to see that the frontage will be retained and restored to comply with listed building requirements. With an extension to both the Atlantic Hotel and the Adelphi hotel already agreed by the planners this is a further vote of confidence in Portrush and the Causeway Coast”
The revised plans were submitted to the Council on the 13th of April 2018.