Fruit Exchange Historic
The Fruit Exchange was built in 1888 as a railway goods depot

Fruit Exchange hotel wins approval

Dan Whelan

The grade two-listed building on Victoria Street is to be converted into an 85-bedroom hotel having been given the green light by Liverpool City Council.

The historic four-storey building, built in 1888, was listed in 2008 but has stood vacant for a number of years, although the ground floor has been used as a pub in recent years.

The scheme will see the refurbishment of the building, including the historic auction rooms, and the restoration of the two former exchange halls and boarded-up windows.

The property was originally used a railway goods depot before being converted into the Fruit Exchange in 1923 by J.B Hutchins, designer of the Royal Court Theatre.

The applicant, JSM Group, is led by Jamie Motlagh, who is behind a series of city centre bars; Black Rabbit, Soho, Brooklyn Mixer, and Level Club.

CBRE is the planner for the project and Wroot Design is the architect.

The approval is the latest in Liverpool’s ever-growing hotel offer, recent additions to which include a 150-room hotel on Speke Boulevard from Cosgrove North West and Marshall CPD’s proposal for a 168-bedroom offering on the corner of James Street and Strand Street.

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Good to see histiric building being appreciated and brought back into useful purpose – rather than being hit by a wrecking ball and turned into another high rise glass monstrosity. Also good to see plans for the long term derelict James St/Strand site – but please, not another souless glass monstrosity. There are too many already. Something matching “New Scotland Yard” on the opposite corner would be good – not some souped up nondescript box. Thank you.

By Over The Water

It’s all good and well, but to break the status quo and to stop us being seen as a dormitory town, we need offices. We have got to be more confident as see ourselves as a large city.

By Michael McDonut

Another Liverpool hotel, what a surprise. No vision for actually promoting jobs beyond low paid hospitality which in the current climate is bad strategy.

By John Smith

Brilliant. Liverpool needs to be redeveloping into a bigger city now. I’m so happy as it really needs to change and this shows potential growth. And I like the glass high-rises, it gives the city character. I am however happy they are keeping older sites and turning them into hotels instead of knocking them down.

By David