Developer swaps hotel for offices in Liverpool
Duncan Birch, the developer behind a plan to convert a warehouse in the Baltic Triangle into a 42-bedroom hotel, has lodged alternative plans for a 25,000 sq ft office at the Watkinson Street site.
Birch was granted approval for the hotel conversion last January but has now submitted refreshed plans to convert the six-storey former warehouse into offices. The proposals also include the addition of a three-storey rooftop extension featuring a restaurant and a bar.
The decision to pivot to offices came after Birch, who owns two other buildings on the corner of Watkinson Street and Jamaica Street in Liverpool, was approached by an existing tenant with a request for additional floor space.
The tenant currently occupies office space within one of Birch’s other Jamaica Street properties but requires a further five floors of accommodation to facilitate its expansion, according to a design and access statement prepared by project architect ShedKM.
Milexa Group, a wallpaper manufacturer, occupies the ground floor of the building but has agreed a deal to relocate to another site within the Baltic Triangle to facilitate the redevelopment of the warehouse.
Duncan Birch is listed as a director of development company Borden Properties, which recently completed an eight-storey student accommodation scheme on an adjacent plot.