Plans for a £12m boutique hotel in Belfast city centre have been approved by Northern Ireland environment minister Mark Durkan.
The Scottish Mutual building in the city will be transformed by Tullymore House, the company behind Galgorm Resort & Spa in Country Antrim, into a 40-bedroom hotel with 10 serviced apartments.
Two bars and restaurants will also be created on the site, along with a 120-seat function room.
Project manager Colin Johnston told the Belfast Telegraph: "We're delighted that the Department of Environment's planning department and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan have given us the formal go-ahead to proceed with our plans to sympathetically restore the Scottish Mutual building into a luxury, boutique hotel which will accommodate the hospitality needs of everyone in the city.
"These plans have been carefully based on our belief that we can add real value and worth by turning this landmark building into a contemporary and stylish venue which will sit comfortably alongside the city's best hotels."
The project is expected to be complete by mid-2016.