Posted on Thursday 13 September 2018 by John Mulgrew
A new hotel at the former Crumlin Road courthouse has been given the go ahead.
Lawrence Kenwright’s Signature Living wants to turn the building into a £10m 77-bedroom hotel.
Planning permission was awarded for the scheme by Belfast City Council’s planning committee, this week.
The hotel, which will be named Lanyon Hotel after the building's original architect, Charles Lanyon, will have a rooftop extension to accommodate function space.
Elsewhere, Mr Kenwright is working on the George Best Hotel at the former Scottish Mutual Building, and the Waring Hotel at the former War Memorial building in the city centre.
In an interview with Ulster Business in September’s issue, Mr Kenwright said it’s been far from plain sailing for the 52-year-old, especially when it comes to his most ambitious development to date – the Crumlin Road courthouse.
“We have had a very long, fractious process of getting plans through. Not to blame anyone, but the system in Northern Ireland is a lot longer than anywhere else, and I found that quite tough,” he said.
“It’s literally falling down. Around 20% of court room one’s ceiling has fallen down in the last year.
“We’ve been given the OK to go out and shore up walls and ceilings, so that’s good.
“Originally it had planning to knock down the back wall, and extend, but I didn’t like that, because you are messing around the original (building).”
Originally, the hotel was due to be a 150-bedroom scheme, but that’s now been revised down.