Galgorm Resort & Spa said today (Monday 4th November) it planned to invest £10 million to further extend the range of leisure facilities at its Ballymena, County Antrim base.
The company, which has invested more than £25 million in the last 10 years to create one of the most successful, luxurious spa hotels in the UK and Ireland, confirmed that it is adding an additional 48 bedrooms and a new leisure wing which will incorporate a swimming pool and gym.
It said 60 new full and part-time positions would be created once work is completed in 2015.
Confirmation of the investment plans were made after Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H Durkan confirmed that planning approval for the plans had been formally granted by his department.
Paul Smyth, Operations Director at Galgorm Resort and Spa, said:
“We’re delighted that the Department of Environment’s planning department and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan have given us the formal go-ahead to proceed with our plans to provide additional new bedrooms and leisure facilities, which will ensure that we will continue to meet the demands of our quality-focused local and international customer base.
“These plans have been carefully based on our commitment to not only grow the business further but also on our commitment to deliver a top quality offering that continually exceeds the expectations of our guests. When combined with the significant investment made to date, we are confident that the extra facilities will underpin future growth and ensure our guests return time and time again.”
In a statement, Northern Ireland Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, said:
“This is good news for Ballymena and the surrounding area. The new addition to this award winning resort will benefit tourism in mid-Antrim, providing high quality accommodation in an area that is the gateway to the Glens of Antrim and the scenic north coast.
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