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Belfast hotel sites formerly linked to Liverpool developer Lawrence Kenwright now 'drawing good interest'


Crumlin Road Courthouse had received approval for a £15m investment
Crumlin Road Courthouse had received approval for a £15m investment
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

There is "good interest" in two high profile hotel projects, a property agent has said following the listing of the two Belfast sites.

Crumlin Road Courthouse, which was bought by Lawrence Kenwright of Signature Living in September last year, is up for sale and comes with planning permission for change of use to a hotel. And Mr Kenwright's War Memorial Building - also the site of a proposed hotel - is also up for sale.

Mr Kenwright had proposed a £15m investment in the 19th century Crumlin Road Courthouse, which lies in a state of disrepair following years of neglect since it stopped operating as a courthouse in 1998.

Speaking to Hospitality Review last year, Mr Kenwright claimed the planning process had slowed developments down. "It's a long, tough arduous process with a bit of work but we are really hoping to open next year or I will lose the will to live but at the minute that's out of our control," he said.

The War Memorial Building on Waring Street also received planning approval for change of use to a hotel which Mr Kenwright expected to open in July this year.

Now just one of his proposed hotels for Northern Ireland remains. The George Best Hotel at the Scottish Mutual Building is the only one to have significant work done on the property, although it too has faced delays and an opening date is uncertain.

Andrew Lennon, at property firm Colliers which has listed the two buildings for sale, said: "At this stage offers are invited, we have been marketing already for about three weeks and have seen good interest from both local Northern Ireland based developers as well as Great Britain based developers. We are inviting offers until the October 27."

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However, no asking prices have been listed for the properties.

In other areas of the property market an upcoming Osborne King online auction on October 23 will showcase 18 lots, including a listed former manor house. It had been the home of Hugh Thomson, the famous Irish artist and illustrator of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen novels.

And in Dundalk, North Business Park, listed by commercial real estate agencies CBRE and Property Partners Laurence Gunne, has come onto the market.

The site is on sale by private treaty in lot sizes ranging from two acres to the overall 92 acres.

Lisa McAteer, director at CBRE Northern Ireland, said: "The development offers excellent flexibility for small and larger scale occupiers who are seeking strategic sites within a well-managed environment."

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