Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Key facts

Client: Strong Construction Limited
Value: 12m
Architect: Consarc Design Group
M&E Consultants: Caldwell Consulting
Structural Engineers: RPS
Contractor: Strong Construction Limited

Services Provided

  • Project Management
  • Project Programming
  • Construction Advice


  • Leisure

2M Associates Limited provided Project Management and Construction Advice services to the Construction Team on this £12m extension to the prestigious Merchant Hotel in Belfast City Centre.

The project was delivered on a tightly constrained site where the footprint of the new extension filled the whole site area.  Following demolition of the existing buildings a comprehensive archaeology programme was delivered with historic sub structures and drainage systems being recorded and finds being shared with the Ulster Museum and also incorprated in displays in the completed hotel.

The building has 6 floors over a basement which houses the swimming pool and spa facilities. The uppermost floor accommodates the gymnasium and has a roof top jacuzzi/hot tub which affords views of the Belfast skyline. The accommodation on the  remaining floors is made up from, Front/Back of House Reception Facilities, Restaurants/Bars and associated kitchens,  Conference Facilities, Function Rooms and Bedrooms. 

Key aspects of the project which we were heavily involved with were:

  • Site Establishment and Traffic Management

  • Supply Chain Package Scoping and Procurement

  • Supply Chain Management. Progress, Quality, HS&E and Interface Management

  • Progress Reporting to the Hotel Group Team

  • Defect Clearance, Commissioning and Handover

The project was completed on time, within budget and to the required quality, H&S and environmental standards. Excellent working relationships developed with the hotel staff and management ensured minor complaints were dealt with immediately and any impact on hotel operations was minimal and acceptable.