Belfast Telegraph

Grand Central Hotel a boon for Belfast area which suffered during Troubles

By Margaret Canning

Businesses in a Belfast street which bore the brunt of dozens of bombings during the Troubles have said they are now getting a new lease of life from the Grand Central Hotel.

And the landlord of high-end office block Bedford House said it's happy to welcome the £53m hotel - the seventh in the Hastings Group - to Bedford Street.

The lavish hotel has been constructed where Windsor House once stood.

Grade A office block Bedford House, now home to firms including Arup, Mercer Marsh Insurance and Causeway Asset Management, was bombed 27 times during the Troubles.

Desmond Gilpin, managing director of its owners, Ulster Estates, said: "Everyone at Bedford House is delighted to welcome the Hastings Grand Central Hotel to Bedford Street.

"We've watched with eager anticipation as Windsor House, which we originally developed, has been transformed into the Grand Central Hotel, the new landmark hotel for Belfast.

"We wish our neighbours the huge success they deserve." The office accommodation at Bedford House features a glass stairway and a double-storey reception in Carrara Marble.

Coffee shop Franklin & James is on the mezzanine level.

Douglas Wheeler of Lambert Smith Hampton - joint agents for the building - said recent renovations to Bedford House had been "far sighted". He added: "Bedford House has risen to the opportunity and has set a new standard for future commercial developments in the city centre."

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