Belfast City Council has given the green light to a new £8m hotel, The Waring, to be built in the city’s Cathedral Quarter.
The new plans have been submitted by business partners Andre Graham and Seamus Sweeney who bought the building last year for £1.2m, and work will now start on creating a 63-bedroom hotel in the former War Memorial Building in Waring Street.
The hotel will be spread across five floors and is scheduled to open towards the end of 2017.
Sweeney said their aim was to ‘create a designer hotel which will be as unique as the building itself – one of only two listed buildings from the Fifties’.
When the four-star hotel opens, The Waring will be aimed at the younger end of the professional demographic, as well as targeting the regular business and weekend travellers.
The Waring will also make the most of its historic location in one of Belfast’s oldest quarters and in a nod to its notorious past will name its restaurant, bar and cafe, Franklin’s.