Former army barracks to be transformed into 152-bed hotel

Derry City & Strabane District Council planners have granted planning permission for the former Ebrington Barracks to be converted into a 152-bedroom hotel.

The development by Ebrington Leisure Holdings Ltd will incorporate the refurbishment and re-use of three listed buildings at the barracks, with a new three-storey modern infill addition between two of the buildings.

There will also be a new four-storey extension to the rear of the clocktower building. 

Councillor Dan Kelly, chair of the planning committee at Derry City & Strabane Council, welcomed the development.

“I was delighted to see [the] application progress through committee and I look forward to seeing what will be the transformation of the historic buildings which occupy one of the city’s most strategic investment sites.

“Tourism is a key economic driver for Derry and Strabane and with bed nights on the increase, the development of the new hotel is timely, and will be a great asset in terms of growing the city’s capacity to accommodate guests.”

Members of the planning committee discussed the merits of the application in great detail at a special planning committee meeting, where they heard that the hotel would boast a new leisure spa, function, meeting room, restaurant and bar facilities. 

“The fact that the hotel is based at one of the city’s most scenic and historic sites will also be a great draw for tourists, especially with the proposed new maritime museum located on site,” added Dan. 

“The hotel – in tandem with the additional plans for [the] development of a temporary public car park and a new brewery at the site – will also further enhance the potential of Ebrington Square as a desired and strategic location for other investors to consider.”

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