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Signature Living confirms third Belfast hotel location

Liverpool property developer Signature Living has confirmed that the former War Memorial Building on Waring Street is set to be the firm's third Belfast hotel. Picture by High Russell

LIVERPOOL property developer Signature Living has confirmed that its third Belfast hotel will be housed within the War Memorial Building on Waring Street.

Signature chairman Lawrence Kenwright has said the prominent city site will be "acquired in a month's time", but details for the company's fourth Belfast hotel remain under wraps. The hotel developer said the location has been found, but no formal confirmation can yet be made.

A five-storey office block, the War Memorial Building was officially opened by the Queen Mother in 1963 and was intended to provide office accommodation for charities and organisations linked to the Armed Forces.

It was owned by the Council of the Northern Ireland War Memorial up until 2007 when it was sold to Killultagh Estates.

In October 2015 the building was sold for £1.1 million to Belfast developers Kremlin Associates Ltd and plans were put forward and approved for a 63 bedroom hotel at the site. Amended plans were then later submitted by Chanro Investments Ltd, who acquired the site in the autumn of last year.

The revised plans, which propose a 37 bedroom hotel, fourth floor restaurant and rooftop bar were approved in June.

Signature Living, who own and operate a growing portfolio of hotels across the UK have plans to create as many as seven hotels in the city.

The Scottish Mutual Building opposite Belfast City Hall will be the location for the George Best Hotel and is expected to be open "by June 2018", while Mr Kenwright has confirmed work has begun to clear out the site of the old Crumlin Road Courthouse to pave the way for a new £25 million hotel.

At present there is no roof on half of the iconic building with the developer stating they are 13 weeks away from securing planning permission for the landmark project.

"We expect it to be complete and open by October 2018," he said.

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