Dunluce Centre hotel plans revealed



PLANS for a hotel at the refurbished Dunluce Centre have been revealed.

Last month developers, 360 Leisure were granted planning permission to revamp the council-owned former recreation centre in the heart of Portrush.

Billed as a family entertainment centre, it will have an artificial surfing wave as its star attraction alongside water-slides, climbing walls, kids' wet and dry play areas and a restaurant.

However, the applicant has indicted his intention to lodge plans for 'phase two' of the development which includes a brand new accommodation block.

A pre-application consultation is due to begin with public exhibition and information session on Tuesday (September 18).

While the developer didn’t wish to comment ahead of the event, his agent has already said the extension will include “hotel and self catering accommodation.”

In a letter delivered to people living nearby, the developer's agent states: “The applicant consulted widely with various organisations, community groups and elected members about how the centre can be sustainable and endure in the long term.

“In the course of these discussions, he has become aware of the desire and need to provide multi-purpose accommodation that would sit a range of tenures – dormitory, self catering and hotel style.”

The total investment in the site is understood to be around £11m.

When phase one of the project was approved last month, the developer revealed that 80 full and part-time jobs would be created.

The Dunluce centre opened in 1993 but after suffering falling visitor numbers closed its doors for good in 2013.

In 2016 the building and its lands were placed on the market with a guide price of £910,000.

Later that year Causeway Coast and Glens Council awarded preferred bidder status to 360 Leisure who, it said, have a track record of delivering family activity centres.

The ‘Out of Ocean’ wave machine planned for the new centre will be unique to the UK and Ireland but is tried and tested attraction in Germany, according to 360 Leisure.

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