Hospitality company Signature Living has announced its Waring hotel in Belfast is on course to open by the end of this year.
The company aims to transform the former 1960s War Memorial building into "the ultimate party destination in Belfast" with 64 bedrooms, including ‘Signature suites' and party rooms, as well as swimming pools and private bars.
Signature Living chairman Lawrence Kenwright said: "The hotel will be a place to party, it will be like nothing anywhere else. Wherever we go (Signature Living), it has to be different and unique and that's what we try to do in every single new hotel."
Signature Living also confirmed its George Best Hotel in Belfast should be open, as planned, by late November, and the former Crumlin Road Courthouse is to be called the Crum hotel.
Kenwright confirmed that workers are now on the courthouse site, adding: "Locals to the site and those who have had associations with the courts over the years have been hugely vocal about their excitement in seeing this stunning building restored. So, to maintain the rich history and fascinating tradition of the courthouse and the gaol, I can tell you exclusively the new hotel will officially be called the Crum. This is in keeping with what the locals affectionately refer to the building as."
Signature Living launched with the opening of its Victoria Street Apartments in Liverpool in 2008 and expanded into hotels with the opening of the Signature Living hotel in 2013 in the city. The company's hotel portfolio now includes 30 James Street and the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, and the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff.