British Steel used for new Belfast Grand Central hotel surge high into skyline
Hundreds of tonnes of steel from British Steel's Lisburn operation are being used to build what will become Northern Ireland's largest hotel.
Hastings Group is now well under way to transforming the former Windsor House building on Bedford Street in Belfast into a 304-bedroom hotel, called the Grand Central.
British Steel's distribution centre, based in Lisburn, has delivered steel sections to the £30m Grand Central.
When complete, the 23-storey hotel is set to employ around 150 people.
It represents the single biggest investment by family-run Hastings Hotels throughout the company's history.
Gavin Crooks, British Steel's general manager for Ireland, said: "It is so exciting to see our steel being used in a flagship project on our own doorstep.
"It will be a hugely impressive building once it has been completed and will be a major asset to Belfast.
"To know British Steel sections from Lisburn are helping transform Belfast's skyline is an incredible feeling for our employees and we are delighted to be supporting Hastings Hotels on this project."
British Steel, which employs 36 staff in Northern Ireland, has worked with Lisburn-based construction firm Fabrite to supply the steel sections for the hotel.
Howard Hastings, managing director of Hastings Hotels, said: "As a family firm we place a great importance on building close-working relationships with our partners and there is no better example of this than in our work with British Steel and Fabrite.
"The fact the steel is coming from their Lisburn operations only adds to this, and is a further signal of how we can work together to support the regional economy.
"Belfast has an extremely bright future and I am delighted British Steel and Fabrite are playing such an important role in our Grand Central Hotel development."
And Fabrite's managing director Kenny McAleenon said: "Throughout the project British Steel have been proactive by giving Fabrite a 'call off' delivery service which is excellent for phase planning of production and installation."