Local contractors sought for multi-million pound Belfast hotel projects

Lawrence Kenwright from Signature Living is looking for local contractors to help build up to five new hotels in Northern Ireland. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Gareth McKeown

A LIVERPOOL property developer who is planning to build up to five new hotels in the north over the next three years has appealed for local contractors for help.

Signature Living, headed by Lawrence Kenwright, is on the look out for local small-medium sized building contractors to work on hotel projects including the iconic Crumlin Road Courthouse and Scottish Mutual Building in Belfast.

The hotel and group accommodation developer is planning to invest at least £100 million in developing five new hotels in Northern Ireland over the next three years and has committed to working with local construction industry contractors and suppliers wherever possible.

“One of the greatest draws to Northern Ireland for me was the outstanding calibre of its workforce and talent across so many industries. I firmly believe that Signature Living can benefit from the best of local talent in developing up to five new hotels here," he said.

In February Mr Kenwright announced ambitious plans to create five new hotels in Belfast over the next few years, including a George Best themed development and the following month purchased the Crumlin Road Courthouse.

The Signature Living Group plans to transform the derelict building into a £25m luxury hotel.

In April the English hotel group confirmed the acquisition of the Scottish Mutual Building on Bedford Street from the Ballymena-based Hill family and pledged £15m to restore the Grade B1 listed building and create a luxury boutique hotel.

An informal ‘Meet Signature Living' event will take place on June 29 from 2pm to 5pm at Belfast City Hall and attendees are invited to bring a written/visual portfolio, highlighting company credentials, experience and examples of previous work.

All attendees must register their interest in meeting Signature Living by Monday June 26 at 12 noon by emailing

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