Scunthorpe steel builds Belfast's new Grand Central Hotel
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 11 Apr 2017
HUNDREDS of tonnes of British Steel sections are being used to build Northern Ireland’s biggest hotel.
The Scunthorpe-headquartered company has made the first deliveries to the prestigious £30 million Grand Central Hotel development in Belfast city centre.
When it is complete, the stunning 23-storey hotel will boast more than 300 rooms and employ 150 people.
Gavin Crooks, British Steel’s general manager for Ireland, said: “Everyone at our Lisburn distribution centre is incredibly proud to be playing a part in the redevelopment of The Grand Central Hotel. It is so exciting to see our steel being used in a flagship project on our own doorstep.
“It will be a hugely impressive building once it has been completed and will be a major asset to Belfast.
“To know British Steel sections from Lisburn are helping transform Belfast’s skyline is an incredible feeling for our employees and we are delighted to be supporting Hastings Hotels on this project.”
Work on The Grand Central Hotel is well underway with the owners’ multi-million-pound investment rejuvenating the former Windsor House building on Belfast’s Bedford Street.
British Steel has worked with Lisburn-based construction company Fabrite to supply the steel sections for the hotel.
The sections were manufactured in Scunthorpe and Teesside.
Howard Hastings, managing director of Hastings Hotels, said: “As a family firm we place a great importance on building close-working relationships with our partners and there is no better example of this than in our work with British Steel and Fabrite.
“The fact the steel is coming from their Lisburn operations only adds to this, and is a further signal of how we can work together to support the regional economy.
“Belfast has an extremely bright future and I am delighted British Steel and Fabrite are playing such an important role in our Grand Central Hotel development.”
The manufacturing sites are supported by a number of distribution and metal centres throughout the UK and Ireland, with staff numbers bolstered as part of the turnaround under Greybull.
Its Lisburn operation employs 36 people. Mr Crooks said: “Having our own British Steel sales office and distribution centre in Lisburn has enabled us to work that bit more closely with Fabrite and meet the demanding specifications a project of this magnitude requires.”
Fabrite managing director Kenny McAleenon said: “Before Fabrite placed an order with British Steel they received a schedule for cutting which had minimum waste and gave Fabrite an overall cost of material.
“Throughout the project British Steel have been proactive by giving Fabrite a ‘call off’ delivery service which is excellent for phase planning of production and installation.”