Plans from the Beannchor Group to transform a former bakery on Dublin’s Capel Street into a 98-bedroom hotel have cleared their final planning hurdle following a decision by An Bord Pleanála, Ireland’s independent planning body.
Beannchor, which owns and operates some of Belfast’s most well-known and popular hotels and hospitality venues, including The Merchant Hotel and Bullitt Hotel, is set to invest €30 million and create 200 jobs at the historic site, which has more recently been home to the Riverdance organisation.
An artist’s impression of the stunning new hotel shows that much of the existing building will be restored and maintained with a striking extension added to the structure to create a contemporary look and feel with glazing and roof planting.
Located in the thriving Capel Street area not far from O’Connell Street in the city centre, Bullitt Dublin, as the new hotel is to be known, will bring the Bullitt brand outside of Belfast for the first time.
The eight-storey hotel will provide visitors and tourists with a lobby bar, café and restaurant space, a traditional pub, additional restaurant, function area and conference room as well as an outdoor courtyard.
Acquired by Beannchor in late 2017, construction work on the hotel will progress when archaeological surveys at the site have been completed.
Commenting on the announcement, Bill Wolsey, managing director, Beannchor said:
“Our ambition to bring the Bullitt brand to Dublin is something that we have been planning for some time. We are passionate about the Bullitt brand and we are confident that it will prove just as popular in the Dublin market as it has already proven in Belfast.
“We plan to recognise and respect the history and architecture of the site and the heritage of the area, and in doing so will ensure Bullitt Dublin has its own unique character. The design and layout of the hotel, along with its open spaces, will help establish this.
“This project represents a €30 million investment for Beannchor, providing a significant economic boost to this area of the city as well as creating 200 new full-time and part-time roles. We hope to be opening our doors to our first guests in the autumn of 2023.”
The Beannchor Group is Northern Ireland’s largest hospitality group. Its portfolio includes The Merchant Hotel, Belfast; Bullitt Hotel and The Dirty Onion in Belfast; The Hillside in Hillsborough and nine Little Wing Pizzerias in locations across Northern Ireland.