Windsor House

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For the building in London, see Windsor House, London. For the British Royal Family, see House of Windsor. For the Joseph Windsor House in Iron River, Michigan, see Iron County MRA.

Coordinates: 54°35′42″N 5°55′55″W / 54.595°N 5.932°W / 54.595; -5.932

Windsor House, May 2010

Windsor House (officially known as 9-15 Bedford Street) is a high-rise office building in Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The building was the tallest storeyed building in Ireland before being surpassed by Obel Tower (also in Belfast) and stands at 85 metres (262 feet) tall, with 23 floors.

Being the former tallest building in Northern Ireland, Windsor House is iconic for its tall green elevator shaft and green side wall facade, as well as for its satellite[citation needed] and aerial masts which stand a further seven metres in the air.

Conversion[edit]

In March 2007 plans were made to convert the 80 Meter building into a block of flats after being bought by the county Cavan building firm P Elliot for around 30 Million. However, planning permission would need to be provided for the conversion.

In May 2015 it was announced that Hastings Hotel Group, an NI-based hospitality company, had purchased the building for £6.5m. A planning application was submitted on 23 June 2015 proposing refurbishment, part demolition and rebuild, extension and change of use of Windsor House for hotel (200 bedrooms) with associated restaurant and bar facilities (on ground to 15th floor) and 18 serviced hotel apartments on 16 & 17th floor; creation of new retail unit on ground floor overlooking Franklin Street; retention and refurbishment and extension of office use (25,000 ft2) on upper floors (18th to 22nd floor).[1] The new hotel will be know as the Grand Central Hotel.

The planning application was approved 20 October 2015 and redevelopment work commenced in July 2016.

Hotel[edit]

It is to be converted into a new four star hotel, named Belfast Grand Central. It is due to open in 2018.[2]

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