Latest hotel addition to Belfast Cathedral Quarter unveiled at MIPIM
THE Liverpool-based hotels entrepreneur linked to two current projects in Belfast has unveiled plans for a third property in Belfast's burgeoning hotel sector.
Lawrence Kenwright's Signature Living Group has used the platform of MIPIM to outline details of the Waring Hotel to an 80-strong Belfast delegation currently attending the world's largest property investment conference in Cannes.
Located in the former War Memorial Building on Waring Street in Belfast Cathedral Quarter, the 90,000 sq ft hotel will feature 63 bedrooms across four floors, together with a ground floor bar/restaurant and a rooftop bar, and will be a “vibrant new addition” to that thriving part of the city.
“Our portfolio of Signature Living hotels are widely recognised as a fun and energetic aspect of the group's ventures," Mr Kenwright said.
“The Waring will take on Signature Living Group's highly popular group accommodation concept.
“Following the footprint of the Signature Living Hotel in Liverpool, it will feature a range of uniquely themed rooms and group suites, accommodating from two up to 16 people – providing a new accommodation concept for group and family stays in Belfast.”
Last year, Signature Living Group announced plans to develop the George Best Hotel in Belfast city centre's Scottish Mutual Building on Donegall Square South and the Lanyon Hotel in the iconic Crumlin Road Courthouse.
Mr Kenwright added: “Unlike the George Best and Lanyon Hotels, both of which will be housed in sympathetically-restored heritage buildings, this latest hotel in our Belfast offering will have a much more lively, contemporary boutique hotel feel befitting of the lively Cathedral Quarter in which it is situated.
“We anticipate that The Waring's stylish bar/restaurant and rooftop bar will be a vibrant new addition to the district's bustling social and culinary offering – not only for guests, but also for members of the public.”
Plans for the Waring Hotel were welcomed by Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen, who said: “With visitor numbers to Belfast having grown so dramatically in recent years, we welcome any development that could bring something new and unique to the city's hotel offering in the way the Waring Hotel will.”
Returning to MIPIM for the third year in a row, the Belfast delegation made up of over 35 supporting private and public sector organisations is hosting 15 unique events across the three days of the conference. each centred around a range of ‘key strengths' that underpin the Belfast's investment proposition, including: talent, tax, technology & innovation, location, fast growth sectors, track record for FDI, and quality of life.
Local organisations at MIPIM include Arup, Aurora Prime Real Estate, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Benmore Developments, Bruceshaw, Bywater Properties, Carson McDowell, Castlebrooke, Causeway Asset Management, CBRE, Cundall, Davidson McDowell, Deloitte, Heron Bros, Invest NI, Killultagh Estates, KPMG, Lacuna Developments, Lanyon Communications, Mascott, McAleer & Rushe, Mills Selig, Press Eye, Queen's University, Richland Group, Signature Living, Sirocco, Titanic Quarter, TLT, Todd Architects, Tourism NI, Translink, Tughans and Ulster University.