Signature Living, the Liverpool based hotel developer and operator has secured planning approval for the £15M development of the former Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast.
The company, owned and operated by Lawrence and Katie Kenwright and comprising 13 hotels across the UK, including 30 James Street, the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool and the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff, aims to launch the 77-bedroom boutique hotel in the late summer of 2019.
The courthouse dates back to 1850 and became home to some of the most notorious and high profile terrorist trials throughout its history.
The Grade-A listed building is also linked to the Crumlin Road Gaol through an underground passage to the court.
The courthouse presided over thousands of terrorist trials with a total of 17 executions taking place in the Crumlin Road Gaol before it was closed in June 1998.
The Courthouse will be the second of four hotel projects in Belfast for Liverpool-based Signature Living, which is investing £80M into the city.
Chairman Lawrence Kenwright said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been granted planning permission for the Crumlin Road Courthouse which will allow us to get fully underway with our development plans for the site and start construction.
“We have some really exciting ideas for the Courthouse which will give the building a completely new lease of life and which will act as a catalyst and an important tourist beacon for the city.”
The Signature Living portfolio includes 30 James Street, the former home to the White Star Line and the Titanic, and the £42m restoration and transformation of the Coal Exchange in Cardiff.
The company is also currently in the process of developing the Shankly Hotel in Preston and the £15m development of the former Scottish Mutual building into the George Best hotel Belfast, which opens in December 2018.