Martins Bank hotel plans resurrected
A fresh application has been submitted for the grade two star-listed building in Liverpool, after a previous plan to convert it into a hotel lapsed.
The distinctive building completed in 1932 but has been empty since the late 2000s after previous occupier Barclays moved out and plans for a hotel conversion were granted in 2015 but never progressed.
These plans were brought forward by Starwood Capital under the Principal brand, which has since sold the building as part of an £858m deal with French property firm FDR, which saw 14 properties change hands.
All of these sites beside the Martins Bank building were leased to InterContinental Hotels Group, raising questions over its future, but a fresh planning application has now come forward looking to convert Martins Bank into a 215-bedroom hotel.
The Principal Hayley Group remains the applicant for the site and is working with architect Brock Carmichael and planner Savills.
The fresh scheme differs from the previous application, which has now lapsed, with a series of changes. These include using the entire ground floor as a guest area, featuring a lounge, bar, restaurant, function rooms, reception and lobby.
The top floor has also been redesigned to include a sky bar, while a new entrance is proposed on the building’s Exchange Street West elevation of the building. The kitchen, offices, and ancillary space are all also to be moved to the basement, from the ground floor under the previous consent.
A previously-proposed mezzanine extension within the banking hall has also been removed; the existing mezzanine will instead be used to provide 12 guest rooms.
The former bank boardroom and directors’ dining rooms are to be retained as conferencing spaces, while a gym and fitness suite will also be built, accessed from the ninth floor.
New rooftop extensions will provide enclosed spaces between the existing stone rooftop colonnades on the east and west of the building to form a sky bar on its west elevation, and a spa along its east elevation facing the town hall.
A timeline for the hotel’s delivery has not yet been set.