Signature Living deal ‘signed’ on next hotel venture at Belfast’s iconic courthouse building

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Signature Living has reportedly signed a deal on Belfast’s Crumlin Road courthouse to turn the historic property into the group’s next boutique hotel.

Lawrence Kenwright, who heads up the group, has been trying to buy the property, which has been shut since 1998, for some time, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

It is thought that a deal has been secured to take on the building and transform it into a 60-bedroom hotel.

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It was revealed last month that Kenwright plans to build five hotels in Belfast, including a George Best-themed development, over the next two years.

The courthouse is an historic iconic landmark, hosting trials for some of Northern Ireland’s biggest cases, but closed in 1998 after 150 years of use.

Planning permission was previously granted in 2004 to convert it into offices, and then in 2007 to a 161-bedroom hotel.

However, neither of these proposals came to fruition, and in March 2009, a malicious fire caused extensive internal damage before two more fires later that year caused more damage to the roof.

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