Posted on Friday 6 July 2018 by John Mulgrew

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A new hotel at a derelict Belfast courthouse could now be a smaller development with 71 bedrooms amid newly filed plans, Ulster Business can reveal.

Plans show that Signature Living’s new hotel at the Crumlin Road courthouse will include 71 rooms, restaurant, a bar area and a spa located in the basement.

“There will also be a rooftop function suite to cater for large events, overlooking the hills to the west of the site,” a design statement said.

Developer Lawrence Kenwright is building several hotels in Belfast, including a George Best-themed scheme at the Scottish Mutual Building.

His company has now applied for a “change of use and extensions and alterations to the existing courthouse including roof extension to create hotel with ancillary facilities, parking, landscaping and all associated works”.

“The proposal is to create a high quality hotel with complementary uses and required service spaces within the building envelope.

“This will add to Signature Living's growing portfolio of high-end hotels and build upon its recent experiences converting historic and listed buildings in both England and Wales.

“The original building will be sympathetically restored and converted into a luxury hotel. Additional space for rooms, dining room and conference facilities wiIl be provided in a two storey rooftop extension providing expansive views out over the hills to the west and the city to the south east.”

Signature Living Group also plans to open The Waring Hotel on Waring Street in Belfast Cathedral Quarter.

The Waring would be located closed to existing luxury hotel The Merchant.

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