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George Best hotel to be housed in Scottish Mutual Building

A George Best themed hotel is to built in Belfast on the site of the Scottish Mutual Building opposite Belfast City Hall. Pictured is Lawrence Kenwright from Signature Living, the developers behind the project. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

LIVERPOOL property developer Signature Living has confirmed a George Best themed hotel will be its first major project in Belfast.

Signature Living, founded by Lawrence Kenwright, has announced that the Scottish Mutual building, opposite Belfast City Hall will be the location for the hotel, inspired by the famous footballer.

The agreement was negotiated by IMG on behalf of the George Best Company, owned by George's sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Norman McNarry.

"We are thrilled to support this exciting project knowing that George would have loved to see his name immortalised in a hotel where he would have also enjoyed staying,” Barbara McNarry said.

“We look forward to showcasing some special memorabilia, hosting charity events and giving people from around the world a ‘Georgie' inspired taste of our hometown.”

The new project is the first of as many as five new hotels in the north planned by the developer, with the company previously purchasing the iconic Crumlin Road Courthouse to pave the way for a £25 million luxury hotel in north Belfast.

Founded by Lawrence Kenwright in 2008, Signature Living is renowned for restoring iconic derelict buildings into unique hotels and hospitality experiences, with previous projects including The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, a tribute to the former Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly.

“Signature Living is incredibly excited to be working with Barbara and Norman McNarry on bringing the George Best Hotel to Belfast. George Best's story is legendary, and we look forward to celebrating his journey at this new hotel development in his hometown," Mr Kenwright added.

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