Architects and a number of other building firms have been hired to begin on an ambitious six-storey boutique hotel project set for Belfast city centre, despite its owners fighting to cover a funding shortfall caused by government cuts.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Dublin-based architects, Douglas Wallace have now been appointed to oversee the design of the development of the Scottish Mutual building.
The hotel project stalled when it was hit by a grant freeze affecting listed building in Northern Ireland – leaving a gap in the scheme’s funding. It had hoped for more than £500,000 towards the £12m project by the Ballymena-based Hill family, which owns the Galgorm Resort & Spa.
Despite the setback, the owners Tullymore House Ltd are in discussions with Belfast City Council in a bid to gain possible funding for the 67-bedroom hotel, which they are aiming to complete by autumn 2016.
It is reported that the group is looking into the Belfast Investment Fund as an option also, where some £20m has been set aside for so-called ‘landmark projects’ across the city.
Projects funded through the scheme must "secure at least 50% of their funding from other sources" and contribute significantly back in to the city.