15 March 2017
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has welcomed the purchase and planned redevelopment of Crumlin Road Courthouse by the Signature Living Group.
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
Mr Dodds has been working with the Managing Director of Signature living Mr Lawrence Kenwright to transform the former courthouse into a hotel and training school.
Welcoming the news Mr Dodds said,
“Crumlin Road Courthouse is a jewel in the crown of North Belfast but unfortunately it had been allowed to fall into serious disrepair and we risked losing this local treasure.
When I first met with Lawrence Kenwright last year I was delighted to hear he shared my passion in transforming the courthouse into a top visitor attraction.
I am delighted agreement has now been reached to purchase and develop a hotel on the site. Signature Living is planning to spend £25 million to restore the courthouse to its former glory and will offer apprenticeships and training courses to the local community.
The continued development of the cultural corridor in North Belfast offers huge benefits to the local community and I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with Lawrence and his team as they redevelop one of Belfast most important sites.”