Developer Elliot Group has acquired the long leasehold of Liverpool’s Beetham Plaza, with plans in place to bring forward a new hotel whilst relocating the existing ‘bucket fountain’ installation.
The mixed-use Beetham Plaza was completed in the 1990s and includes 42 luxury apartments, the restaurants Etsu and Silk Road, 4,500 sq ft of offices, and an underground cark park. The project was designed by Brock Carmichael.
Elliot Group has acquired the site for an undisclosed sum and will bring forward a hotel on the site, to be operated by Liverpool-based Epic, which also recently opened an Elliot-developed hotel on Seel Street. The hotel is also set to include a ground-floor restaurant and café space.
Under the emerging plans for the site, the developer is proposing to relocate the existing bucket fountain, a hydraulic installation by Richard Huws.
The site of the fountain will be taken up by the £10m new-build hotel element, designed by Falconer Chester Hall, and Elliot is proposing to meet the full costs of the fountain’s relocation.
Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group said the developer would welcome public views as to where the fountain could be moved to.
“It’s a great piece of engineering but it’s hidden in this part of the business district and deserves a more visible location so that more people can enjoy it,” he said.
“Just as our beloved Super Lamb Banana had to find a new home, so it’s time for the buckets to go on a short journey. The question is, to where? We’re talking to the council about their own aspirations for the fountain but would very much welcome the public’s view.”
Under the plans, the existing 42 luxury apartments, restaurants, and office space will remain unchanged. The developer is currently in discussions with the council about extending the opening hours of the underground car park.
Elliot Group was represented by Hill Dickinson, while Beetham Plaza’s vendor was represented by Excello Law.