Renshaw Hall Liverpool

Go-ahead for Liverpool’s first Moxy hotel

Marriott’s Moxy hotel brand and a Fresh student village are to be developed at Renshaw Hall, a vacant car park site in Liverpool city centre.

The site had a previous approval for a student complex and aparthotel scheme in 2016, but with committed hotel and student operators on board, the developer Niveda Group has reviewed its original permission.

Falconer Chester Hall has designed the newly approved plans, which see a reduction in the number of blocks from three to two with an increase in the number of student rooms. The site will now house 404 student beds and a 160-bedroom hotel.

The site sits between the Ropewalks, the Rodney Street conservation area and Liverpool’s two city centre university campuses.   It also fronts Oldham Square and will help provide animate it via an active commercial frontage.

The Moxy brand was launched in 2016 by Marriott, described as “a millennial-focused boutique concept” focused on “fun-hunter travellers”. There are Moxy projects on site at Invicta House in Manchester’s Spinningfields, and in central Chester, at the former Broughton retail centre.

Project architect Quentin Keohane said: “It’s a really striking scheme with quality public realm that will bring the area to life. Both operators bring something fresh to the city.

“The scheme will be primarily of brick and the vertical proportions reflect the tall hoist wells seen in the Ropewalks area. The upper levels are finished in zinc to pick up on the traditional materials used in the roofscape of the conservation areas adjacent and to help the scheme blend into the city’s skyline.”

Zerum acted as planning consultant.

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Great to see the Ropewalks boundary with the Georgian Quarter diversify in this way. I’m looking forward to seeing a comprehensive strategy for Renshaw Street as part of KQ Gateway. We need to encourage more office developments like The Department at Lewis’s.

By Roscoe

There’s no need for another hotel. Ridiculous.

By Rita

Rita – I trust you’ve sent your detailed cost-benefit and demand analysis to the developer of this scheme? I imagine they’d be interested in hearing your clearly very insightful thoughts

By Anonymous

@Rita, ah yes it’s so ridiculous to have another hotel, offering jobs and bringing life to the Renshaw street area. If there’s no need for one, then the developers must have money to just throw away I guess.

Anyway… looks decent, looks like work is already underway when I went past last week.

By L19

Er, @Rita, yes there is. Hotel occupancy in Liverpool is running at 81% which, taking in to account that few people stay in hotels on Sundays, Liverpool is more or less full most nights of the week.

New hotels ensure that the city can keep pace with demand without pricing itself out of the market. New formats like Moxy ensure that we also have the mix of hotel products to suit as many segments of the market as possible, encouraging first-time and repeat visits. And it means you have more operators working hard to promote Liverpool in order to fill their properties.

All of which means more jobs, more economic growth, an improved physical environment, more rateable income for the council to invest in vital services and a better reputation, nationally and internationally.

Like you say, who’d ever want a new hotel?

By Sceptical

More speculative rubbish. Hopefully a new Mayor will change this failed approach of speculation.

By John Smith

We like good public realm, so so undervalued in many schemes given the importance of wider connection with the city and its attractions

By Don

@JohnSmith – I’m struggling to see how this is ‘speculative’ when the developer has named operators signed up for both buildings. In fact, it’s not at all, is it? It’s considered investment that will generate a return whilst bringing life to a currently grotty backwater and creating jobs, infrastructure, visitor demand and rates income for the Mayor to invest in vital public services.

Yes, I’m sure the Mayor will want to stop such rubbish immediately. Meantime, you may wish to lie down in a dark corner.

By Sceptical

I hope it looks better than the image – as its not great. If its on the edge of the Georgian quarter and in such an important space can they not make it look better? (Please) Saying all that this area really really needs a boost – hopefully this will help. If you walk along Renshaw at night its pretty depressing – a few awful dodgy pubs and that’s it. When it is along a very important route/road and could link in much better to Bolt St, Lime Street/gateway to the city.

By Lizzy Baggot

Oldham Square is modern Lizzy and at the back. It’s an area that was left behind following the planning of this aborted (thankfully!) section of the inner ring road in the 1970s. The square is a great improvement. The advantage of these sites at the back of Leece Street/Hardman Street etc is that you can get a lot in, both residential and hotels without impinging on the historic environment too much.
I agree with you on Renshaw Street but this is where much greater sensitivity is required as the old Rapid site for example is redeveloped. There is scope for much higher density particularly on the Rapid side, retaining the Victorian facade below I would suggest.
Renshaw Street could be a huge asset to the city as it’s so close to Lime Street station. It has always let the city down but I’m hoping they’ll come up with something spectacular linked to the KQ Gateway.

By Roscoe

There is always room for another Hotel. Everyone in the City are full, it bring more economy to the City.
Comment on things you understand.

By Dave

Actually By Sceptical, I won’t lie in a dark corner. I’m just of the view that Liverpool city centre has become a speculators goldmine. No thought for place making, no thought for existing businesses or residents, just a race to the bottom in terms of quality and sustainability. More students flats thrown up by the day, while local people struggle to find affordable housing of quality. I value the student and tourist economy, I just think that as a city we are throwing rubbish up everywhere.

By John Smith