FCH continues Duke Street hotel boom

A 200-bed aparthotel including the conversion of four listed terraces and a new-build extension on Liverpool’s Duke Street is set to be approved, the latest in a series of hotel developments to come forward in the area.

The proposals by architect Falconer Chester Hall for Henry Space Developments are for a part four, part eight-storey building, which will be linked to four existing listed Georgian terraces between 118 and 126 Duke Street.

Planning permission was previously granted for a residential scheme of 151 apartments, but the fresh proposals are being brought forward following interest from a hotel operator, which will take on the site subject to planning consent.

FCH’s proposals include a new-build element which sits on the corner of Kent Street and Henry Street; this will link to the grade two-listed terraces which will be refurbished to provide hotel bedrooms.

The bedrooms are split between 13 accessible rooms, 47 one-bed apartment-style rooms, and 140 studios. At lower ground and ground floor level, there will also be a gym, office, and concierge.

Liverpool City Council’s planning committee is due to discuss the proposal at a meeting next week with officers putting forward a recommendation for approval, subject to a legal agreement.

Planning officers said: “The hotel proposal will facilitate the viable re-use of valued heritage assets, and also enable the efficient regeneration of a long-term urban brownfield site, and in doing so create a vibrant and inviting local environment.”

It is the latest scheme to come forward on Duke Street; 151-155 is currently being converted into an Epic Aparthotel, while Legacie Developments is planning a £30m, 250-bedroom hotel on a car park on the corner of Duke Street and Slater Street.

The professional team includes planner Zerum; Turley on heritage; Red Acoustics; Landscape Projects; Farrow Walsh; and DTPC.

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More hotel space for the City and others recently announced, all adding to the general mix, with more beds more and bigger events can take place, what are the bets of a new arena or entertainments venue being rumoured in the near future to add to the list already?

By Boom boom, book a room

Good news but I do assume it’s not white! They need to be very careful with the materials. Planners should watch closely and put clear conditions on this.

By Roscoe

Liverpool really requires quality, boutique style accommodation. Focusing too much on party pads is not doing the city any favours in the long run. Air B ‘n’ B style accommodation is now seen as the source of problems in other cities.

Liverpool needs to develop its truly upper range end of accommodation; of the sort that would appeal to cultural tourists, and true urban city explorers. Too much of what has been presented as top end and luxury is nothing of the sort.

Furthermore, the city really needs to develop its office and business community and be able to provide suitable accommodation for that. Building party pads in the commercial district is not where the city needs to go.

By Anonymous

Completely agree that more interesting boutique hotels are needed in Liverpool, the kind that feature in design and travel magazines, which contribute to attracting people to the city. Liverpool currently lacks much of this kind of hotel accommodation. More greenery and outdoor space would also really add to the appeal.

By Anonymous

It’s not the Commercial District it’s Ropewalks. But agree with you on the need for quality. This is the top end of Duke Street just below the cathedral. We need more quality here as in the Commercial District. Dublin had the same problem of too much lower end a few years ago. But Liverpool is buzzing and the quality sector is expanding too. Third city after London and Edinburgh for customer satisfaction according to TripAdvisor. Duke Street should become a quality destination but this needs carefully nurturing!

By Roscoe

Is that you OJ?The majority of the people who stay in airbnb are normally workers, family visitors or overseas tourist, why do people still denounce anything to do with them. I’ve used it many times when touring or working away and found it much more convenient to other accommondation.Where does this say or imply party pad?

By Just saying

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