A number of developers have expressed interest in establishing major businesses in the Ebrington site, the Journal has learned.
Ilex- the urban regeneration company tasked by the government to deliver a dividend for the people of Derry through the use of the 26-acre site- said that it is now set to go to market for expressions of interest for a potential new hotel on site.
A spokeswoman revealed that there has already been interest from a number of established companies within Northern Ireland and beyond.
The hotel development could see an old building at Ebrington being re-developed and extended or a potential complete newbuild on the 26 acre site.
This marks the beginning of Phase Three of the Ilex masterplan.
The new Walled City Brewery business is expected to be opening at Ebrington within weeks.
A long-awaited new cafe which had been earmarked for the stableblock buildings has been held up after a new discovery was made on site.
A new cafe is expected to be opened at Ebrington in the summer,
In an update to Phase Two of Ebrington’s buildings and facilities being brought to market, the Ilex spokeswoman said that a further five buildings have now looking set to be occupied, with competition hotting up for some of these. The spokeswoman said these related to “different sectors right across the board” including hospitality.
The Creative Hub at Buildings 80 and 81 meanwhile is now expected to open in May.