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Groundbreaking for the site of the Ebrington Hotel in Derry – Highland Radio

Work begins on the 152-bed Ebrington Hotel in Derry.

The first pickaxe on the £15m development was cut today by Prime Minister Paul Givan and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.

The hotel will comprise five buildings on the Ebrington site, including the clock tower, and the hotel is expected to open in June next year.

During their visit to Ebrington, the Premier and Deputy Premiers also officially opened AMP, a start-up business center located at the Ebrington site.


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Premier Paul Givan and Deputy Premier Michelle O’Neill today announced the start of construction on the new Ebrington Hotel.

The £15m development includes £7.25m through the NI investment fund and £1.75m from Invest Northern Ireland.

Ministers were joined by developers Cecil Doherty and Liam Tourish to cut the first turf as work gets underway.

The project will transform five buildings on the Ebrington site, including the clock tower, into a 152-bed four-star hotel with spa and leisure facilities. The work should be completed by summer 2023.

Prime Minister Paul Givan said: “As work begins on the Ebrington Hotel, I am delighted to mark another milestone, not just for the Ebrington site, but for Londonderry itself. It continues to grow as a vibrant, modern city that looks to the future with confidence – and there’s a real sense of that optimism here today.

“Londonderry is a place to work, a place to invest, a place to study and a place to play. It’s a regional and national destination, and – perhaps most importantly – on the world map.

“Of course, all of this requires a collective effort. It involves the executive and local government of Northern Ireland, as well as businesses and a range of community stakeholders. I applaud the developers of the Ebrington Hotel for their investment in the city, and indeed everyone who plays a part in creating a better future. While acknowledging the financial investment, it is important to recognize the individuals and organizations who have contributed in so many ways with their time, creativity and energy.

“Alongside the Ebrington Hotel, we have seen the development of Grade A office space and a hub for start-ups. As today’s ideas become tomorrow’s opportunities, I will watch with interest as potential becomes reality for Londonderry.

Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill said“The start of construction of the Ebrington Hotel is a landmark day for Derry. This major investment will create jobs both during the construction phase and after the opening of the hotel. We have made great strides in developing the Ebrington site and, with Class A office space due for completion soon, this new hotel will bring new dynamism and a real boost to the regional economy. Congratulations to the developers and everyone else who has played a part in getting us to this point.

“This latest piece of good news marks another step forward in our vision to regenerate the North West region. We are building on the opportunities created by investments such as the £250m Derry and Strabane City Deal, Magee’s new Graduate Entry Medical School and ongoing transformation projects under our Urban Villages initiative.

“We want to create prosperity for everyone in this region and I look forward to seeing the economic and community benefits for everyone.”

The £100m investment fund, set up by the Department of Finance and the Strategic Investment Board and managed by CBRE, provides loan funding to support development.

Finance Minister Conor Murphy said: “I am delighted that the Investment Fund set up by my department was able to support this project with a loan of £7.25 million. This project will further develop Ebrington and create jobs in the North West.

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said: “We continue to see growth in tourism, both leisure and business, across Northern Ireland. The development of quality hotels is important to enable us to meet growing demand and I am pleased that Invest NI was able to support this project to build a new four-star hotel.

“In addition to strengthening the region’s tourism infrastructure, this project will also support the creation of new jobs and is expected to generate 80 new full-time equivalent jobs once the hotel opens. This will contribute over £2 million to the local economy through annual wages.

Hotel developer Cecil Doherty said: “Ebrington Leisure Holdings Ltd is delighted to announce the progress of the construction phase of the Ebrington Hotel & Spa.

“Our goal is to create and develop a 4-star hotel to respond to the ever-growing popularity of our city as a must-see and exciting tourist destination.

“The hotel is expected to open in June 2023. We are excited about its future in particular and the Ebrington site as a whole with our creation of 120 jobs locally as well as the unique opportunity to repurpose and revitalize iconic buildings of historical significance. Ebrington’s future is very bright.

“The company deeply acknowledges and appreciates the significant financial support from Invest NI as well as the wholehearted professional support from TEO/SIB, our own design team and all relevant statutory bodies who have worked collectively to make this happen.

“We look forward to bringing our vision to the public in 2023.”

Herbin Duffield, Associate Director, Investment Advisory, CBRE said: “This is an important loan as it represents the first development the Fund has supported in Derry/Londonderry. The project will provide vital employment opportunities in the region and aligns with the Fund’s long-term goals of investing in the sustainable transformation of Northern Ireland.

During their visit to Ebrington, the Premier and Deputy Premier also officially opened AMP, an exciting new start-up business center located on the site.

AMP provides offices and workspaces for start-ups and provides professional business development advice and guidance as well as coaching and mentoring services.

Ministers welcomed AMP’s contribution to the Ebrington site and congratulated the team on its vision to help other businesses grow.

Ryan Williams, Director of AMP, said:We are delighted that Ministers officially opened AMP today as Derry’s first privately funded growth incubator. We believe the project represents a new ecology for tech entrepreneurs in the city. The project reflects a superb working partnership with the Executive Office and we are delighted to report that the building is 95% occupied by some of NI’s fastest growing companies..”