Change of Use of existing office building to hotel with additional two-storey roof top extension in Liverpool City Centre.
- The six storey building was originally occupied by the department store Watson Prickard, but more recently was converted to offices.
- The planning application sought to secure conversion of the building to a hotel but in order to accommodate the required number of bedrooms required an additional two-storey rooftop extension. This needed to be carefully considered given the sites context which included a number of nearby listed buildings, including the Mersey Road Tunnel Ventialtion Station, location within the Castle Street conservation area, and location within the Liverpool Maritime City World Heritage Site.
- One of the concessions was to set back the two-storey extension to preserve views of the surrounding listed buildings and reduce the impact on the heritage assets.
- The hotel is to be operated by the German hotelier Meininger and has been designed to their specification.
- Meininger handpicked Liverpool as a destination of choice in which they are keen to locate, recognising it as a good fit for their brand and therefore a positive contributor to the local economy.
- The hotel consisted of 87 bedrooms including traditional double rooms and private rooms with multiple beds, together with an ancillary bar and breakfast area, kitchen and lobby.