City bar complex in £1m revamp

Published Wednesday, 21 May 2014
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Three Belfast city centre bars are undergoing a million-pound revamp.

City bar complex in £1m revamp
Zoe Watson, Gordon Devenney and Paul Langsford, who are involved in the project. (© Aiken PR)

Nightclub La Lea and bars Irene and Nan's and Bar Bacca are receiving a major facelift, which the firm behind it believes will create 100 new jobs.

The three businesses are located in one building which is located in the city's Linen Quarter and spans Brunswick Street, Franklin Street and James Street South.

The first of three phases will be completed at the end of this month with the opening of an exciting new Asian influenced bar Shiro. A secluded roof terrace is scheduled to be unveiled in the first week of June.

Paul Langsford, director of the new project, said that the revamp is one of the most significant investments within the city centre entertainment industry of the last few years.

"The development of Shiro as well as the construction of another contemporary bar and night club is a significant investment of intent within an area of our City that has enormous underutilised potential. The area that the venues are based in has some of the most sought after restaurants anywhere in the UK or Ireland.

"Now with the completion of Shiro and the other two developments it will also have entertainment venues to match the leading night life Cities of Europe, bringing a significant economic boost to the heart of the city centre bar scene."

He continued: "Shiro will be like no other Belfast bar experience, it is truly unique. Meaning 'white' in Japanese the venue will have a sophisticated inviting cocktail bar as its main focus, with views into a vibrant kitchen through glazed doors, raised booths for seating, an area for performing DJ's and for patrons in the know a secluded roof terrace bar."

Award winning O'Donnell O'Neill Design Associates has been tasked with overseeing the redevelopment which is due to be fully completed by the end of September.

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