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Lisburn steel helping to build landmark new Belfast hotel

An artist's impression of what the new Grand Central Hotel in Belfast will look like

HUNDREDS of tonnes of steel from British Steel's Lisburn operation are being used to help build Northern Ireland's biggest hotel.

The distribution centre has worked with Lisburn-based construction company Fabrite to supply the steel sections to the Grand Central Hotel development in Belfast city centre.

When complete, the 23-storey hotel the former Windsor House building on Belfast's Bedford Street will boast more than 300 rooms and employ 150 people.

"Everyone at our Lisburn distribution centre is incredibly proud to be playing a part in the redevelopment of The Grand Central Hotel," Gavin Crooks, British Steel's general manager for Ireland said.

"To know British Steel sections from Lisburn are helping transform Belfast's skyline is an incredible feeling for our employees and we are delighted to be supporting Hastings Hotels on this project.”

Work on The Grand Central Hotel is well under way with the multi-million-pound investment from Hastings Hotels a significant boost to the regional economy.

"As a family firm we place a great importance on building close-working relationships with our partners and there is no better example of this than in our work with British Steel and Fabrite," managing director Howard Hastings said.

British Steel manufactures steel sections in Scunthorpe and Teesside, both in England, and supports this with a number of distribution and metal centres throughout the UK and Ireland.

Its Lisburn operation employs 36 people at the company's Moira Road site

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