Grand Central Hotel, Belfast
As the tallest hotel in Ireland, the Grand Central demanded quality, recognisable and unique signage - both indoors and outdoors
Visible from almost anywhere in the city, this prestigious building represents Belfast’s most high profile renovation project in recent years, transforming the derelict Windsor House office block into a luxurious 300-bedroom hotel.
High visibility of the brand was required, hence the project called for some of the largest signage our fabrication department has tackled to date. The distinctive seahorse logos alone each measure eight metres high. As a result, fixing details and support requirements were carefully thought out and structurally tested. A head for heights was essential during the installation process – a truck mounted boom lift from street level had to be used, reaching over 260 feet high. Coupled with the need to work during night hours, the project was a real challenge for our install teams. No issues were encountered despite these constraints.
For the low level external signage our expertise with one-off, distinctive feature projects was necessary, particularly for the main entrance lobby. Bearing an illuminated Grand Central logo, we installed a bronze anodised structure two storeys high – from canopy to pavement level. To the rear of this is a cast bronze map, set within an indent and illuminated at night. Adjacent to this we manufactured and installed a complex artwork featuring a quote from the poem ‘Belfast Hymn’ – written specially for the Grand Central project. The stately columns also feature bronze anodised cladding – fabricated and installed by Ascot.
Internally, we drew on the Grand Central brand to create an elegant and refined wayfinding scheme. Materials such as brass and timber veneer were implemented, blending with the look and feel of the hotel whilst remaining distinctive and visible.