Signature Living gets green light for Belfast hotel conversion

George Sell By George Sell
18 September 2018 | Updated 18 September 2018

UK: Liverpool-based Signature Living has been granted planning approval for the £15 million development of the former Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast.

The company, owned and operated by Lawrence and Katie Kenwright, has 13 hotels across the UK, and aims to open the 77-bedroom boutique hotel in the late summer of 2019.

The courthouse dates back to 1850 and hosted some of the most high profile terrorist trials of the Troubles until it was closed in June 1998. The Grade-A listed building is linked to the Crumlin Road Gaol through an underground passage to the court.

The Courthouse will be the second of four hotel projects in Belfast for Signature Living, which is investing £80 million into the city. It also developing the former Scottish Mutual building into the George Best hotel Belfast, which opens in December 2018. 

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."

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