Promenade Estates has received consent to convert its listed headquarters into a boutique hotel, with Liverpool’s planning committee also approving a commercial scheme at Estuary Point.
The St Johns House hotel project will see the Sir Alfred Waterhouse-designed building converted to a 43-bedroom facility, with views across St John’s Gardens to St George’s Hall and the Walker Art Gallery.
Number 2 Queen Square was formerly the regional headquarters for Pearl Assurance and adjoins the Marriot Hotel and a multi-storey car park, both of which Promenade developed in the mid-1990s. The hotel will be the fifth in the region to be developed by the Promenade team.
Daniel Hynd, managing director, said: “We’re going to add something special to Liverpool’s hotel offer in a location and a building that are second to none.
“This is a very special location that benefits from great infrastructure and heritage on its doorstep. As investors in all the hotels we’ve developed we’ve got a great feel for the Liverpool market and look forward to taking the project forward.”
The Dr Duncan’s pub on the ground floor will be unaffected by the development, which forms the northernmost part of the 660,000 sq ft jigsaw that was Promenade’s redevelopment of Queen Square. The building’s original refurbishment was undertaken by the Liverpool studio of Falconer Chester Hall, which has been retained to design the new hotel.
The redevelopment follows a string of recent disposals by Promenade, including the fully-let Marine Point development in New Brighton to Aprirose, the Ramada Plaza leisure scheme in Southport to Bliss Estates and a major waterfront residential scheme overlooking Liverpool’s Albert Dock to Vista Fund.
In the second key project before committee, Arcus Development Management’s plans for 30,000 sq ft of office and light industrial space at Estuary Point, Liverpool International Business Park were also approved. The plans include ten units.