Hopes for transformation of Crumlin Road Courthouse

Crumlin Road Courthouse is one of Belfast's most historic and iconic buildings but it has unfortunately fallen into a sad state of disrepair since its closure just over 20 years ago.

The complex was designed by the celebrated architect Charles Lanyon and has hosted many legal dramas since it opened facing the city's former main jail, with which it is connected by an underground passage, in 1850.

It was left virtually derelict by a series of malicious fires but an ambitious plan to transform it into a luxury hotel has now reached an advanced stage.

With planning permission for the scheme having been granted by Belfast city council, there will be high hopes that the famous courthouse may eventually become an important tourist attraction.