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Construction firms set to tender for work on Harland and Wolff hotel

By John Mulgrew

Construction firms are finally being asked to tender for work on a £27m hotel at the former Harland and Wolff headquarters in Belfast.

The firm behind the new Titanic hotel - Abercorn Construction, which includes developer Pat Doherty - is now actively looking for designers, civil engineers and other consultants to begin work on the long-awaited development.

Earlier this week the Belfast Telegraph reported work is due to start on the hotel, with plans to extend the development further.

The grand proposals for a hotel at the former drawing offices in the Titanic Quarter have now changed to include 120 bedrooms, up from 84.

A spokesman for Titanic Quarter Ltd said work was due to begin "shortly" on the development, which is expected to finish in time for 2017.

Last year, the project was awarded a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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