Gostin Hotel
Fattal Group is the latest opeator to present plans for the Gostins Building. Credit: via planning documents

Developers seek fresh Liverpool consents

Neil Tague

The conversion of the Gostins Building into a hotel and a change of use for Gladstone House return to committee, as too long has been taken to conclude Section 106 agreements.

At Gostins, global hotel group Fattal, which includes the Leonardo brand within its holdings, last year proposed a 207-bedroom hotel, advised on the project by Irish design and planning consultancy Consarc.

Approval was secured for the site, next to the Novotel on Hanover Street, in December 2020 pending completion of a Section 106 agreement, which is now ready for signing.

The project involves the eight-storey redbrick building’s conversion and the addition of a two-storey rooftop extension, a smaller scheme than one previously consented at the site in 2017. The developer will be asked to pay £49,000, mostly for street tree planting and maintenance.

Similarly, the Section 106 agreement is now ready for the conversion of Gladstone House.

The 17,600 sq ft office has been vacant since agency Mason Owen relocated to Chapel Street in 2019, and the city council granted consent for the building to be redeveloped into flats in April.

The three-storey Union Square building is to be repurposed to provide 22 apartments, under plans lodged by Gladstone House Developments, headed up by director Andy Grabe.

Designed by Liverpool-based architect Falconer Chester Hall, the project will feature 14 one- and two-bedroom residential apartments and a further eight serviced apartments.

The development also includes plans for a single-storey, rooftop extension, described as the “minimum necessary intervention to make the proposal viable”, by planning consultant Zerum.

The Section 106 agreement for the scheme is around £46,500, with the main elements being £28,000 towards open space and £12,000 for street tree planting and maintenance.

Liverpool City Council’s planning committee meets on 30 November.

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Been waiting for the hotel scheme at the Gostin`s building to progress so this looks positive. It`s a great building and if completed will look very New York. Good to hear too that some tree planting will take place, hopefully on Hanover Street.

By Anonymous

Providing the facade is preserved and tree planting is involved, ok. ‘Looking like New York’ we don’t want. This is Liverpool and needs to lose no more of it’s character.

By Tony Cozzolino

The plans look great and will have a look of New York, which will be fantastic

By David

Re the poster saying “we don`t want New York, this is Liverpool”, that is a very limited view of New York you have there. Have you ever been to the Meatpackers district or parts of Brookiyn, you will see some of the smartest, trendiest hotels , set in old redbrick warehouses etc keeping the facade, as this project will be. Why don`t you look at the plans before assuming the worst.

By Anonymous