Following revised planning permission being granted for the Grand Central Hotel, owners Hastings Hotels has revealed that an investment of £53m will be ploughed into the renovation project, which will become Northern Ireland’s largest hotel.
Building work is now well under way following the approval of the revised plans by Belfast City Council which will see an additional 104 bedrooms bringing the total number to 304 with the creation of over 150 jobs.
The Grand Central Hotel will then reopen in mid-2018, with a new look and new branding inspired by the building’s history.
The original Grand Central was built in 1893 and was the thriving hub of Victorian Belfast; Winston Churchill, the King of Belgium, Al Jolson, Mario Lanza and the Beatles were all former guests.
The refurbishment project’s lead construction partner is Graham Construction.
Sir William Hastings Chairman of Hastings Hotels said: “The new branding for the hotel will incorporate the Seahorse which is part of Belfast’s Coat of Arms and celebrates the City’s Maritime history. Old photos from the Glory Days of the Grand Central show the Seahorse motif featuring on menus and plates and our new interpretation of this classic Belfast emblem is a permanent reminder of the new Grand Central’s connection with its elegant past.
“The Grand Central is a legend reborn and to celebrate this we have created a building wrap which will be changed at regular intervals before the hotel opens. It will help tell the story of the hotel as it is being built and pay tribute to some of the local companies we are working with who are each playing key roles in helping Hastings Hotels create this major development,” he adds.