A landmark building in the centre of Belfast is being turned into a boutique-style hotel which will create over 180 full and part-time jobs, while AOL Ireland announced plans to create 40 software engineering roles over the next 12 months at its Dublin development centre.
An estimated £12m (€14.07m) is being spent to transform the former Scottish Mutual building opposite Belfast’s City Hall.
Tullymore House Limited, which also owns the Galgorm Resort and Spa, near Ballymena, Co Antrim, said two bars and two restaurants were earmarked for the ground and first-floor areas.
Project manager Colin Johnston said: “This investment is significant for the city. It’s a vote of confidence in the prospects for the economy and it will bring a new, exciting dimension to Belfast’s hospitality offering which is backed, supported, and driven by successful and experienced hoteliers.”
Work is due to be completed in 2015.
Meanwhile, the 40 positions in Dublin are within AOL Networks, a team that is spearheading the delivery of AOL’s state-of-the-art programmatic advertising solutions for brands and publishers globally. AOL Networks’ brands include Adtech, Advertising.com, The AOL On Network, Be On, and Pictela.
The announcement comes as AOL continues to expand its reach as a leading provider of digital content, advertising solutions, and services through a wide range of brands including The Huffington Post, Engadget, TechCrunch, and MapQuest.
Aengus McClean, the senior vice president of global advertising technologies at AOL Ireland, said he was delighted to announce the jobs.
“The new talent will help us expand our current suite of market leading products in display advertising into a comprehensive, world-class offering that extends across the whole digital ad eco-system and will set a benchmark for others to follow.”
AOL has been based in Dublin for 16 years and currently employs 170 people. Dublin is the development engine for Europe and works alongside sister development centres in Palo Alto, Dulles, New York, Baltimore, and Frankfurt.
AOL Ireland will be launching its 2014 technology graduate programme in August.