Plans for a £5m hotel in Belfast updated inspired by trailblazing boutiques in London and Dublin

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A plan for a new £5m hotel in Belfast has been updated, after new developers were inspired by the look and feel of The Dean Hotel in Dublin and The Shoreditch Hotel in London.

The original proposal to transform the War Memorial building on Waring Street would have seen a 63-bedroom hotel created under the ownership of Kremlin Associates.

In March last year plans were lodged for the restoration of the building’s exterior, a new canopy at the hotel entrance and an extension to the rear.

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However, the project is now being run by a newly-formed company, Gravity Group, spearheaded by Paul Langsford owner of several nightclubs and bars in Belfast, with property developers Chanro Investments taking over.

The new designs drawn up by Dickson Fitzgerald Architects show ideas modelled on the contemporary aesthetics of popular boutiques The Dean Hotel in Dublin and The Shoreditch Hotel in London.

Bedroom numbers have been decreased extensively from 63 to 37, while the plans for the extension have been scrapped and a new rooftop pavilion and bar added in its place.

The ground floor will be open plan, incorporating a bar, lounge, lobby and reception area, with the restaurant on the fourth floor.

The five storey office building was first built as the War Memorial Building built between 1959 and 1961 for the Council of the NI War Memorial.

Building on the new project is set to commence in the coming weeks.

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