Green light to make Belfast Grand Central Northern Ireland's largest hotel

23 June 2017 by
Green light to make Belfast Grand Central Northern Ireland's largest hotel

By Emily Bright

Hastings Hotels has been given planning permission for a £53m building project which will make the Grand Central the biggest hotel in Northern Ireland.

The revised plans added 104 bedrooms to make a total of 304 bedrooms at the Grand hotel, a far greater number than the 200 anticipated. Over 150 jobs will be created and building work is now underway.

Sir William Hastings, chairman of Hastings Hotels, said: "We are pleased that the revised planning permission for the Grand hotel has been approved. This represents our company's biggest single investment to date of £53m and is the sum required to create a top quality hotel befitting the name, Grand Central, and of which Belfast City can be proud.

"We look forward to working with a wide range of local companies during this major project. Our lead construction partner is Graham Construction."

Hastings Hotels purchased the property, formerly Windsor House, for £6.5m in May 2015 to renovate it into a hotel. They also own six other four and five star hotels in Northern Ireland including the Europa and Stormont hotels in Belfast.

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