Fresh hotel plans in for former Liverpool John Lewis
Landlab Developments wants to convert the 153,000 sq ft George Henry Lee Building into a 175-room hotel operating under Accor’s Mama Shelter brand.
The developer, headed up by sole director Victor Alfa, has submitted a planning application to Liverpool City Council for the redevelopment of the former John Lewis store at 20-48 Basnett Street.
Curious is leading on design and Roman Sumner Associates is advising Landlab on planning. To learn more, search for application number 23F/1800 on the city council’s planning portal.
Located off Williamson Square, the nine-storey building has been vacant for several years. The only tenant is Poundland, which occupies 14,000 sq ft across the ground floor and basement.
In 2019, a proposal from Niboco to redevelop the building into a 157-bedroom hotel was approved by Liverpool City Council. However, that consent has since lapsed.
The George Henry Lee Building was built in the mid-1800s and started out as a bonnet store before being sold to the John Lewis Partnership in 1940.
John Lewis ceased trading from the Basnett Street store in 2008 and relocated to a 260,000 sq ft complex within Grosvenor’s Liverpool One.
HilcoGlobal was appointed as receiver to sell the 250-year leasehold of the former department store last year.
While L&G owns the freehold of the property, the leasehold was held by Rapid Property Investments from 2008, according to HM Land Registry.