Municipal Buildings, Liverpool
The former council offices were sold in 2017

Designer named as Hotel Municipal targets 2022 opening

Neil Tague

Interiors consultancy Koncept ID has secured the design contract for the conversion of Liverpool’s Municipal Buildings into a four-star hotel.

The Singapore-based Fragrance Group bought the 130,000 sq ft Dale Street block at the start of 2017, before advancing plans for its redevelopment, securing planning consent in October 2018 to convert the landmark ex-council offices into a 189-bedroom residence.

Now set to be known as Hotel Municipal, Fragrance is aiming for a completion date in late 2022. Koncept ID will manage the design and fit-out of the £35m project, working alongside contractor Russell WBHO, previously Russells Construction, to sympathetically reinstate original features. Elements of the grade two-listed building include pillars, decorative vaulted ceilings and marble fireplaces.

Russells was reported by Place to be close to securing the build contract in late 2019.

Jenny Denton, lead designer, said: “The Municipal Building is truly magnificent and the potential was clear from our very first visit. The design focuses on breathing new life into original features, restoring the building to its former glory while injecting a good dose of sophisticated elegance.”

“The new hotel will bring an exciting destination to Liverpool and with such a rich heritage, it’ll be a must-visit for locals and tourists alike.”

Hotel Municipal will feature a brasserie with all-day dining menu, tearoom and cocktail bar, as well as a spa complete with pool, jacuzzi and treatment facilities.

Koncept ID’s North West studio is based in offices next to the Lowry Hotel, Salford. The business is experienced in the hotel sector, with work for Malmaison, Novotel, Ibis, Hilton, Mercure and Radisson brands in its portfolio.

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By L17

This will be amazing! Well done

By David

Love this building.

By Elephant

This project and the Radisson Red will both look really attractive in their classical settings when finished , if only we could get a quality owner to take over the Adelphi that would be something.
Continuing with these schemes means that once society starts normalising in the next few years they should hit the ground running once open ,all the more reason then that Liverpool gets the cruise liner terminal on site as well as the adjoining hotel.

By Anonymous

Magnificent building please please do as it deserves – as we are getting to the last of our family silver that has been sold off. Yes totally agree re comments on the adelphi – that could be fantastic – one of the gateways to the city right next to Lime St etc etc.

By Lizzy Baggot

Ah yes the Adelphi, also a lovely building and owned by Brittania who also own that other lovely grade ll listed building the Brittania in Manchester.I will never understand how that company continues – Some real jewels in its portfolio and it treats them like cheap costume jewellery.

By Nve

It is a lovely building Be interesting to see what they can do with it.

By Bill

More hen parties I presume. Sigh.

By The McDonough Reverb

Liverpool is the hen and stag party capital of England. Nothing wrong with that, this isn’t London or Edinburgh.

By Floyd

Yeh!! FOUR STAR hen and stag parties, I think not!

By Anonymous

This is another of Liverpool’s beautiful buildings being brought back to life, can’t wait to stay here when it’s completed. The renaissance of our fine city continues despite the chaos with the pandemic!

By Lpl Magnifico

Good for booze tourists, though there won’t be much life left in the city in 2022

By Dan

Liverpool along with Edinburgh are the only two cities in Britain where World Heritage Site status applies to half of the city centre, not just individual monuments. Dale Street, and this hotel, are at the heart of the city centre WHS area. This tells you that Liverpool beats other cities hands down, and is certainly on a par with Edinburgh for its cultural and built heritage. This new hotel will be the first of a cluster of new quality hotels in historic buildings at the heart of the WHS. The next one will be Alfred Waterhouse’s North Western Hotel on Lime Street, and the crowning jewel, a little later, will be India Buildings on Water Street.

By Red Squirrel

It’s the World Heritage Status that’s holding Liverpool back, it’s not seen as a forward thinking city but rather one that looks back.

By Dan