Rajesh Rana
29 October 2018

Belfast hotelier in plans to restore former Portrush bank building


Andras Hotels, a leading Belfast hotelier, has submitted plans to restore and refurbish the former Northern Bank building in Portrush.

Situated on Main Street, the listed building is adjacent to the proposed new 87-bedroom Andras Hotel at the former Londonderry Hotel site.

The project will feature six serviced apartments alongside a cafe bar with the original fabric of the building restored.

Rajesh Rana, director of Andras Hotels, has said the new holiday accommodation project will help generate up to £1.4m a year for the Co Antrim town and could create up to 89 jobs.

Mr Rana said: “We are really excited about the prospect of restoring this fine bank building and bringing it back to active use and we are committed to maintaining the architectural interest and integrity of the building,” he said.

“We see the former Bank project as being part of our hotel proposal, as the apartments will be operated from the hotel as serviced accommodation,”

“They will be one and two-bedroom apartments, suitable for families, golfers and tourists visiting the north coast.

“The combined impact of bringing both the former bank building and Londonderry Hotel to active and economic use will be a real boost to the regeneration of Main Street.

“We have lodged a planning application and with the consent of Historic Environments Department, we hope to start work very soon.

“Our intention is to have the apartments completed in time for the Open Championship in July next year.”


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