Windsor House, Belfast - redevelopment

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This is a collection of photographs showing the redevelopment of the Windsor House, Bedford Street as a hotel and offices.
Windsor House is a 22 storey office building built in the early/mid 1970’s. It was occupied by a variety of private and public-sector tenants but in recent years had lost popularity and acquired a somewhat neglected appearance.
The roof, with unsurpassed views over central Belfast, Laganside and the harbour was used as a vantage point by many professional photographers.
A press release on behalf of the Hastings Hotels Group LinkExternal link on 11 May 2015 stated: The Directors of Hastings Hotels are delighted to announce: Windsor House, in Bedford Street, Central Belfast has been purchased by the Hastings Hotels Group for £6.5m. It is one of the tallest buildings in Ireland dominating the Belfast City centre skyline since its construction was completed in 1974. Planning permission for a hotel of major city international quality will be submitted within a few weeks. Award winning Belfast Architects WDR & RT Taggarts have been engaged to develop the designs.
A second release on 29 June 2015 included the following: Sir William Hastings Chairman of Hastings Hotels said: We are delighted to unveil the plans for what will be the seventh hotel in our portfolio in Northern Ireland.
This acquisition represents our biggest single investment to date of £30M and upon completion in 2018 the hotel will operate at the upper end of the 4-star market offering 200 bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, 18 serviced apartments and a range of superbly appointed office accommodation. The hotel will create over 150 new jobs. . . . . . I am also thrilled to announce that our new hotel will be called the Belfast Grand Central Hotel. The original Grand Central, which also boasted 200 bedrooms, was built in 1893 and was the thriving hub of Victorian Belfast as well as the finest hotel in Ireland. Winston Churchill, the King of Belgium, Al Jolson, Mario Lanza and the Beatles were all guests who enjoyed its luxurious hospitality. I am extremely proud to be able to pay tribute to this much loved property of the past by naming Belfast’s newest hotel after it.
The following is a summary of the application for planning permission (approved on 18 November 2015) - LA04/2015/0545/F Windsor House 9-15 Bedford Street Belfast BT2 7FF Refurbishment, Part Demolition and Rebuild, Extension and Change of Use of Windsor House for hotel with associated restaurant and bar facilities (on ground to 15th floor) and serviced hotel apartments on 16/17th floor; creation of new retail offer on ground floor overlooking Franklin Street: retention, refurbishment and extension of office use on upper floors (18th to 22nd floor) together with all associated site works to facilitate and access servicing.
Caption amendment 19 February 2017. There is now a second planning application (20 January 2017) LA04/2017/0283/F Refurbishment, extension and change of use of the former Windsor House to a 304 Bedroom hotel with associated restaurant and bar facilities (on ground and 22nd floor): conferencing facilities: creation of new retail unit at ground floor: own door office accommodation at first floor overlooking Franklin Street: and associated ancillary works. Former Windsor House 9-15 Bedford Street Belfast BT2 7FF.
The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of neutral historical record only. I have no connection with any of the parties involved in the project.
I am unable to enter into correspondence on the subject.


First prepared 30 June 2015.

Updated 12 November 2017

New photographs

J3373 : Windsor House redevelopment, Belfast - November 2017(6) by Albert Bridge J3373 : Windsor House redevelopment, Belfast - November 2017(4) by Albert Bridge J3373 : Windsor House redevelopment, Belfast - November 2017(5) by Albert Bridge


1 April 2007

J3373 : Beauty and the Beast, Belfast by Albert Bridge

2 March 2008

J3373 : Windsor House, Belfast by Albert Bridge

8 September 2009

J3373 : Windsor House, Belfast (2) by Albert Bridge

17 January 2010

J3373 : Satellite dishes, Belfast by Albert Bridge

31 January 2010

J3373 : Windsor House, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge

28 November 2010

J3373 : Windsor House, Belfast (4) by Albert Bridge

26 August 2012

J3373 : Windsor House, Belfast (5) by Albert Bridge

18 August 2013

J3473 : Fire Brigade training tower and Windsor House, Belfast by Albert Bridge J3373 : Windsor House, Belfast (2013) by Albert Bridge

25 August 2013

J3373 : Windsor House, Belfast (2013-2) by Albert Bridge

24 November 2013

J3373 : Gt Victoria Street from Wellwood Street, Belfast by Albert Bridge

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