Extensive work is scheduled to start on the planned luxury hotel at the former Harland and Wolff headquarters in Belfast.
The original plan has also now been extended, with the proposed number of bedrooms up to 120 from 84, with a spokesperson for the Titanic Quarter Ltd saying work was due to begin ‘shortly’.
The work is expected to last around 12 months, with the hotel scheduled to launch in 2017. A planning application for the further 36 bedrooms was lodged in 2015 and the development is expected to be worth around £27m.
Last year, the project was awarded a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The hotel has been in the works for some time, with the building being empty since closing its doors in 1989, apart from hosting a craft beer festival last year.
The green light was given to three other major hotel developments in Belfast over the last few months, demonstrating the strength of the market.
This includes the £30m Grand Central hotel in Belfast – a 206-bedroom development at the former Belfast Metropolitan College building on Brunswick Street – and the Hampton by Hilton hotel.