We are happy to announce that planning permission has finally been granted for the renovation of Crumlin Road Courthouse, a landmark building in the heart of Belfast. This iconic building is set to be restored and developed into the luxurious Crum Hotel.
Approved by Belfast City Council, we hope to transform this treasured and historic building into a opulent 71 bedroom venue, with a stunning bar and restaurant, a wedding and events space and a luxurious spa. The famous number one court room will be saved and developed into a tourist attraction, which we are sure will delight both the locals and new visitors to the city.
The Renovation of Crumlin Road Courthouse
Upon hearing the good news, 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. It’s taken 18 months and I’m just glad to be able to get in and get it done. We couldn’t raise the funds for the project until we got planning approval, so now that’s done we will clear up the site within the next week. We already have contractors ready to start working.”
Now that we have secured this big milestone, work can start on the huge task of redevelopment, however Lawrence has stated that part of the hotel could open as early as autumn 2019. This exciting project is expected to bring over 150 jobs to the hospitality sector in Belfast, which will certainly five a huge boost to the employment figures.
North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds welcomed the move, saying so many people “longed” to see the Grade B listed building restored: “My party colleagues and I will continue to support the progress of this project. We look forward to the commencement of restoration work on site.
“We welcome also the establishment by Signature Living of a Community Benefits Forum, which includes representation from community and voluntary sector groups.”
Crumlin Road Courthouse was designed by architect Charles Lanyon and dates back to 1850. The adjoining Crumlin Road Gaol became home to some of the most notorious and high profile terrorists throughout its history, with many of their trails taking place at the Courthouse. Many thousands of trials were held at Crumlin Road Courthouse, from petty thefts to murders and those related to the political unrest of the time.
The courthouse became an iconic symbol of the conflict along with the prison where a number of loyalist and republicans were sentenced. Some of the most notorious cases trailed at Crumlin Road Courthouse included Gerry Adams, Ian Paisley, Paddy Devlin and David Ervine.
This is a hugely challenging project, given the building’s listed status and current disrepair, however at Signature Living we have a wealth of experience in this sector. In Liverpool, we successfully transformed Albion House, the former headquarters of The White Star Shipping Line into a luxurious hotel, 30 James Street. Similarly the old Coal Exchange building in Cardiff is now the opulent Exchange Hotel.
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