Belfast street cordoned off after masonry falls from unused hotel

falling masonry

Aine Groogan's post on Twitter about the masonry falling from the abandoned George Best Hotel building.

A pavement in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been cordoned off, after a piece of stone fell from an unused hotel on 21 June.

Masonry falling off a building is not as rare as some might believe. Usually it a small amount and it generally goes unnoticed, or at least unreported. The latest incident of it in Belfast involved a small amount of sandstone masonry falling from the George Best hotel building, which never opened after the developer involved went into Administration in April 2020. Aine Groogan took a picture of the fallen stone and posted it on Twitter (take a look here).

Police closed off part of the pavement outside the Bedford Street building and warned pedestrians to be careful if they were in the area.

A spokesperson for Belfast City Council told the BBC: “Our building control team have been at the site since early morning and are assessing the site under our dangerous structures legislation. We are working with police and the owner to have the building made safe."