Hotel Indigo is set to open in Durham this month following the year-long upgrade and conversion of the Grade II Old Shire Hall.
Sunderland-based Brims Construction has completed the £15m redevelopment of the former council headquarters in Old Elvet and the hotel and restaurant is now taking bookings from March 30.
Formerly the home of Durham County Council, the 120-year-old building has been transformed into a four-star, 83-bedroom Hotel Indigo, and is expected to employ 60 people.
The building, which was built in the 1890s, had stood vacant since late 2012.
General manager, Paul Borg, said: “The hotel is right in the heart of Durham and we feel it fills a gap in the market, with Durham tourism on the rise.
“It’s been empty for such a long time, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to bring such a beautiful building back to life.”
Elvet Developments appointed Brims Construction to undertake the refurbishment following a competitive tender, ‘awarding the contract on the basis of the overall quality of Brims’ submission’.
Jason Wood, director of Brims Construction, said: “Shire Hall is an amazingly authentic and ornate building and our staff have risen to the challenge of tastefully transforming it into a contemporary hotel.”
The development was designed by architects Howarth Litchfield.