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The 14-bedroom hotel opened in 2018

Duke Street’s Lock & Key to expand

Dan Whelan

The boutique hotel that occupies 15-17 Duke Street in Liverpool has been given the green light to expand its operations by occupying a grade two-listed building next door. 

Lock & Key’s planned expansion into 19 Duke Street has been designed by Liverpool-based architect Falconer Chester Hall.

Under the plans, the hotel, which has 14 bedrooms, will grow by an additional 12 bedrooms, or 1,000 sq ft.  The scheme is also intended to bring the historic 19 Duke Street back into use after being vacant for several years. 

Lock & Key’s expansion follows a successful 12 months in which the hotel claimed a place in The Sunday Times’ list of the top 100 British hotels. 

Lock & Key Liverpool

The extension will add a further 12 bedrooms

The hotel opened in December 2018 as an expansion of the bar and restaurant of the same name. Its co-founder Tom Bower said: “We have gone from strength to strength. Lock & Key is a step away from hotel chains where guests can sometimes feel like one of many. 

“Myself and my two business partners have a hands-on approach and guests like the fact that we are involved in the running of the hotel.” 

Bower said the success of the hotel, which has a rating of 9.2 out of 10 on price comparison website Booking.com, had prompted the decision to lease the adjoining 19 Duke Street to provide the additional bedrooms. 

Bower runs Lock & Key alongside business partners Andrew Spencer and Michael Connolly. The hotel has now reopened following lockdown and is welcoming guests.

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This is a small , well-run , and vibrant addition to the Liverpool hotel offering , and there is more to come further up Duke St and a few in the Baltic Triangle.
This sector is still showing confidence, which is good to hear,and there would be even more expansion if we had an upturn in our business/commercial profile, thus attracting more
overnight stays.

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The kind of quality place that Liverpool needs – and can actually do. The city is at its best when doing its own thing.

What Liverpool also needs is to originally grown new businesses. Yes, it does also new new workspaces. These should be a mix of Grade A offices (these don’t have to be big), studios, live/work units, micro manufacturing/technology units. It’s all very well saying ‘we need offices’ but there can be the high chance of building a high spec office, only for an existing company within the city, relocating to this, the old office subsequently being converted to non-office use. Companies don’t move into obsolete stock. A flexible mix of workplaces, great and small is what is called for.