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Iconic Crumlin Road courthouse to become a hotel

Crumlin Road courthouse is set to be turned into a new hotel. Picture by Mal McCann
Suzanne McGonagle and Bimpe Archer

ONE of the most iconic landmarks of the Troubles has been sold to a developer and will be turned into a new hotel.

Crumlin Road courthouse in Belfast is understood to have been sold to Signature Living for a reported £500,000.

It is believed a deal was reached with the Liverpool developer in recent days, which will see the derelict building turned into a hotel.

Signature Living had last night not responded to several requests for comment on the deal.

The Liverpool-based Signature Living group states that it specialises in accommodation that "tells stories".

Crumlin Road courthouse in Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

Last month Lawrence Kenwright, who heads up the group, revealed his plans to build five hotels in Northern Ireland, including a George Best-themed development.

He said two suitable sites had been identified and a deal was due to be finalised within the next couple of months. He also confirmed at the time that he had been trying to buy the Crumlin Road courthouse.

The courthouse, the scene of some of the north's most horrific cases, including the Shankill Butchers' trial, has been closed since 1998 and since then has suffered major damage, including a massive arson attack in 2009.

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