Elliot progresses Beetham Plaza plans

The developer has been given planning consent for an office-to-residential conversion at Beetham Plaza, though its wider regeneration of the site remains paused due to the potential listing of its bucket fountain sculpture.

Elliot has been given planning permission under delegated powers to convert vacant first floor offices into eight apartments, along with adding a ground floor lobby and residents’ gym, along with a ground-floor commercial unit next to the Silk Road restaurant.

The new unit could be used for retail or as a bar or restaurant. Falconer Chester Hall is the architect while Zerum acted as planner, and Elliot Group is aiming to start work in the first quarter of next year.

The wider application to regenerate the site is still on hold; a planning application was submitted in April this year, but in May, the developer asked Liverpool City Council not to register the application until a Heritage England assessment of the site’s ‘bucket fountain’ sculpture completes.

Heritage England is deciding whether or not to list the structure, which commemorates the start of the controversial Tryweryn Water Scheme, which led to the displacement of 70 residents of Capel Celyn village after it was flooded.

As well as the potential relocation of the fountain, the April planning application includes a 100-room aparthotel to operated by Epic.

The mixed-use Beetham Plaza, bought by Elliot Group in January this year, was completed in the 1990s and includes 42 luxury apartments, the restaurants Etsu and Silk Road, 4,500 sq ft of offices, and an underground cark park.

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