McGonigle McGrath to turn war memorial building into boutique hotel in Belfast

18 February 2016 (Last Updated February 18th, 2016 18:30)

Belfast-based firm McGonigle McGrath has secured permission from the planning authorities to turn a war memorial building into a boutique hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Belfast-based firm McGonigle McGrath has secured permission from the planning authorities to turn a war memorial building into a boutique hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The company will completely revamp and extend the heritage-listed building to create a hotel that is to feature 63 rooms and conference and leisure amenities.

The War Memorial Building was constructed on the site of the Queen Anne Hotel, where a replacement building based on famous architect J Michael Bowley's designs was constructed by 1961, after the Queen Anne was destroyed in the Belfast Blitz of 1941.

Initially, this building served as offices for charities and organisations that were associated with the armed forces.

"The company will completely revamp and extend the heritage-listed building to create a hotel that is to feature 63 rooms and conference and leisure amenities."

McGonigle McGrath intends to restore the original elements of the building such as the stones and bricks framework, as well as slate panelling, while adding new elements such as windows with bronze frames and a canopy.

In addition to the memorial block, a new building will be built that will feature grey brick piers.

McGonigle McGrath co-founder Kieran McGonigle was quoted by Dezeen.com as saying: "The new building is derived from the original, emphasising its rhythm and proportion.

"The use of brick piers as the expression of the vertical structure at once implies a subservience to the original building but also acknowledges the tradition of structural brick warehouses in Belfast, and references the spirit of the modern movement, handsomely retained in the existing building."

The property will have a courtyard garden with a tree standing in the midst as an imposing element and this will be enclosed by a brick wall, reported the website.