Duke Street’s Lock & Key to expand
The boutique hotel that occupies 15-17 Duke Street in Liverpool has been given the green light to expand its operations by occupying a grade two-listed building next door.
Lock & Key’s planned expansion into 19 Duke Street has been designed by Liverpool-based architect Falconer Chester Hall.
Under the plans, the hotel, which has 14 bedrooms, will grow by an additional 12 bedrooms, or 1,000 sq ft. The scheme is also intended to bring the historic 19 Duke Street back into use after being vacant for several years.
Lock & Key’s expansion follows a successful 12 months in which the hotel claimed a place in The Sunday Times’ list of the top 100 British hotels.
The hotel opened in December 2018 as an expansion of the bar and restaurant of the same name. Its co-founder Tom Bower said: “We have gone from strength to strength. Lock & Key is a step away from hotel chains where guests can sometimes feel like one of many.
“Myself and my two business partners have a hands-on approach and guests like the fact that we are involved in the running of the hotel.”
Bower said the success of the hotel, which has a rating of 9.2 out of 10 on price comparison website Booking.com, had prompted the decision to lease the adjoining 19 Duke Street to provide the additional bedrooms.
Bower runs Lock & Key alongside business partners Andrew Spencer and Michael Connolly. The hotel has now reopened following lockdown and is welcoming guests.