Belfast City Council has given the green light for the development of an 84-bedroom boutique hotel in its vibrant Titanic Quarter.
The hotel will be housed in the old Harland and Wolff headquarters alongside Titanic-related tourist spaces and event facilities.
Titanic Foundation Ltd and Titanic Quarter Ltd committee chairman councillor Matt Garrett said that the development would contribute to the wider regeneration of the area.
“The H&W site and the drawing offices are iconic on the city’s landscape, and it’s exciting that this project will be breathing new life into these beautiful buildings for a whole other generation of visitors and tourists to enjoy.
“The development work will be sympathetic to the heritage of the buildings in order to preserve the history of the site.
“We have seen what a huge success story the Titanic Belfast visitor centre has been and this new development will further enhance the tourism offering in the Titanic Quarter area, so entwined with the city’s shipbuilding history.”
The approval of the boutique hotel development replaced an earlier-approved project for a 111-bed hotel.
Belfast Live said that it expects 250 jobs to be generated during the conversion, while the hotel is expected to employ 75 people when it opens.