A landmark building in the centre of Belfast is being turned into a new boutique-style hotel which will create more than 180 full and part-time jobs, it has been announced.
An estimated £12 million is being spent to transform the five-storey former Scottish Mutual building opposite City Hall.
Tullymore House Limited, which also owns the Galgorm Resort and Spa, near Ballymena, Co Antrim, said two bars and two restaurants were earmarked for the ground and first-floor areas.
The upper three floors of the 42,000 sq ft building will be upgraded to accommodate up to 40 hotel bedrooms and 10 serviced apartments.
Project manager Colin Johnston said: "This investment is significant for the city.
"It's a vote of confidence in the prospects for the economy and it will bring a new, exciting dimension to Belfast's hospitality offering which is backed, supported and driven by successful and experienced hoteliers."
Work is due to be completed in 2015.