Red Deer and Brock Carmichael are leading on design of the Martins Bank overhaul. Credit: via Ebury Comms

Kinrise launches ‘unique’ Martins Bank restaurant opportunity 

The developer behind the conversion of the grade two star-listed Water Street building wants to find an F&B operator that will “cement Liverpool’s position on the culinary world stage”. 

Kinrise acquired the historic Martins Bank Building in 2021 and is converting it into 135,000 sq ft of grade A office space. 

Part of the project includes the creation of a 10,000 sq ft restaurant within the building’s former banking hall. 

“We are excited to unveil our vision for the flagship restaurant at Martins, a space that we envision will cement Liverpool’s position on the culinary world stage,” said Sam Lawson Johnston, co-founder of Kinrise. 

“We are looking to secure a leading restaurateur who will create something special, a unique dining experience that will protect the heritage of the building through exemplary design, service and respect for its continuing legacy.” 

He added: “The selected hospitality brand will help service the future businesses based in the building, alongside the wider general public as a new cultural destination for the city.” 

Kinrise has appointed CBRE to market the restaurant opportunity, which includes 3,025 sq ft of basement space that could be used for storage or a kitchen. 

“As one of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks, Martins Bank Building presents a unique opportunity for an ambitious bar-restaurant operator to create a nationally acclaimed destination within the grand banking hall,” Nick Huddleston, associate director of operational real estate at CBRE. 

“The artisan coffee unit opportunity will form a key component of the offering too, leading directly onto Exchange Square. We anticipate significant demand for this space and are excited to engage with interested parties.” 

The office and restaurant are due to open in 2024. 

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Another beautiful restaurant

By GradeA

Or another beautiful CGI showing what is just might look like if they find somebody to take the space who may decide the economics support them spending in excess of £2m on a refurb of a building that currently has no office tenant or a date when the office refurb will commence.

By BDay

Instead of the bombast and bull waste about “world class” or “world stage”, can we please have “quality”, “neighbourhood” and “carefully sourced”?

By Getreal

BDAY. There is already a developer for the building, and the works are shortly due to commence. They are seeking a potential restuaranteer for the ground floor vertiibule/banking hall, that’s all.

By Anonymous

Maybe The Ivy would like to take a look, they were going to go in the Palazzo building on the same street but pulled out for whatever reason, this space might suit them better.

By Anonymous

Fantastic another addition to are growing cultural offer. Hope this happens I’ve seen the banking hall its magnificent pure class

By Phil

@B day. ..You got a problem?. One of the most beautiful buildings in Britain.

By Eric

Externally at least it’s a really dull, lumpen looking edifice – in my humble opinion.

By Not a fan

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