Belfast tower block to become hotel

One of Ireland's tallest buildings, Windsor House in central Belfast, is to be transformed into a hotel.

WIndsor House
WIndsor House

Hastings Hotels Group, which already owns six properties in Northern Ireland and one in Dublin, has purchased the former office block for £6.5m.

Planning permission for a hotel of "major city international quality" will be submitted within a few weeks. Belfast Architects WDR & RT Taggarts have been engaged to develop the designs.

The new hotel is expected to create 150 new jobs in the hospitality sector.

A statement by Hastings Hotels said: "Its prime city centre location is ideally situated to meet the urgent demand that the hotel sector requires to satisfy the growing business activity and the increase in tourism prospects."

More:

'Titanic' hotel in Belfast awarded £4.9m grant

Belfast Waterfront confirms 50 events for new £29.5m extension

Irish Rail eyes direct service from Dublin Airport

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