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The History of the Scottish Mutual Building

Belfast is a city that has struggled through adversity and come out the other side bigger and better than ever before.

With a thriving tourist industry that welcomes visitors from all over the world, it is the next must-visit location in the UK.

It only makes sense that Belfast would be the next city for Signature Living to expand into, with the highly anticipated and exciting George Best Hotel.

One of Belfast’s most famous exports, George Best deserves only the best when it comes to the building that will serve as a museum to his life and achievements.

The Scottish Mutual Building sits on Donegall Square in the very heart of the city. As a Grade B1 listed building, the eye-catching landmark is the greatest feature of the square in which it inhabits.

Overlooking the magnificent City Hall and the gardens that accompany it, the building is a prime location for stunning views across the city and beyond.

 

The grand and iconic building was built in 1904 and was originally named the Scottish Temperance Building due to its original purpose of housing the Scottish Temperance Insurance Company.

The building’s beautiful design was thanks to Northern Irish architect Henry Seaver. A Belfast native who dedicated his life to designing stunning and landmark buildings around the city and surrounding areas.

The building replaced a former three-storey linen warehouse which stood on what was then known as ‘Mcclean’s Fields’, an area of land acquired by Adam McClean in 1826 before he donated it to St Malachy’s Church.

The building echoes a classic Baronial style design using Dumfries stone and with those stand-out corner turrets which were once battlemented. Much of the interior has retained its original features across all six floors and it stands as a testament to the level of skill demonstrated throughout its construction.

 

Signature Living has a proven track record of sensitively restoring historically significant buildings, with 30 James Street, the former home of the Titanic, in Liverpool being a particularly notable success story. After being left to rot and being described as a ‘crumbling eyesore’, Signature Living welcomed the building with open arms and returned it to its former glory.

The Exchange Hotel, formerly The Coal Exchange, in Cardiff, was once the hub of the world’s coal industry. Sitting in the centre of the up and coming city, the building once stood proud and magnificent amongst the city skyline. But, after years of neglect, the building was in a dire situation. Once again, Signature Living took on the mammoth project and in a short amount of time, transformed it into the luxury hotel it is today, with more rooms to be opening in the coming months.

Now, Signature Living take on The Scottish Mutual Building, to breathe fresh life into the iconic building and to honour one of Belfast’s best. Following the footprint of The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, a museum to the life and time of Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly, interweaving stories of the football player and memorabilia from his life.

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