Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Scottish Mutual Building

The Scottish Mutual Building

THE SCOTTISH MUTUAL BUILDING, 15-16, Donegall Square South, Belfast, is an Edwardian block built in 1904 to the designs of Henry Seaver.

The building is at the corner of Donegall Square and Bedford Street.

It was originally called the Scottish Temperance Building, though its name was changed later to the Scottish Mutual Building.

This baronial pile, made with dark red Ballochmyle sandstone, is six storeys in height, with corbelled turrets at each corner.

Smaller turrets flank a central crow-stepped gable on one façade.

Larvikite pilasters and stall risers complement the ground floor units.

Open arcading under deep eaves at fourth floor

Dormer windows and chimneys also survive.

The Scottish Mutual Building was purchased in 2013 by the Tullymore House hotel group, which owns Galgorm Resort and Spa in County Antrim.

The Scottish Temperance Building ca 1908

The building was sold by the Irish government's National Asset Management Agency (Nama), with an asking price of £1.75m.

Signature Living acquired the property for £6m during 2017, and work began on transforming it into a hotel, to be named the George Best Hotel.

Work was progressing on the 63-bedroom hotel until about April, 2020, when the company went into administration.

The building has since lain vacant and unfinished (February, 2021).

First published in June, 2013. 

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