Pall Mall Hotel 2
The wider £200m scheme won outline consent in November

Green light for Pall Mall hotel

Dan Whelan

Developers Kier Property and CTP have been granted consent for a 13-storey, 280-bedroom hotel in Liverpool city centre, with Leonardo Hotels lined up as operator.

The hotel is the first part of the developers’ wider £200m regeneration of a three-acre area around Bixteth Gardens and Exchange Station in the city centre, known as Pall Mall. 

Outline consent for the masterplan was granted in November. The scheme is planned to include 400,000 sq ft of offices as well as leisure, retail and a public square. Contractor Willmott Dixon has already completed remedial work on the site. 

The 150,000 sq ft Leonardo hotel, which will occupy part of the wider development site, will feature a pedestrian footbridge connecting Pall Mall with The Gardens at the rear of the Mercury Court building. 

The application proposed the demolition of an existing building next to Pall Mall, and also said there is scope for additional development on a neighbouring 7.5-acre site currently used for car parking, which would form the second phase of the scheme and include a car park and residential units. 

Leigh Thomas, managing director of Kier Property, said: “This is another milestone for the Pall Mall development in the heart of Liverpool’s commercial business district, and it comes at a crucial time in the site’s regeneration.” 

Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool, said: “It’s extremely encouraging to see developers such as Kier and CTP continuing to press ahead with this much needed scheme. 

“The announcement, soon after [Liverpool Knowledge Quarter’s] Sciontec deal, is another welcome vote of confidence in Liverpool’s appeal and points the way for how our economy will grow once the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us.”  

The project team for Pall Mall includes Allies & Morrison as architect, Re-form as landscape architect, WSP Indigo as planning consultant, Curtins as structural and civil engineer, Ernest Griffiths Services as engineer, and Sweco as transport engineer. 

Colliers International is joint agent with Worthington Owen.

The hotel is one of two in the pipeline in the North West for operator Leonardo, which is also in line to operate developer Capital & Centric’s £24m Jenga-style hotel in Manchester.

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One day they just may break the status quo and build some new offices. Not that it would suit the powers that be who seem content at keeping Liverpool the dormitory town they want it to be.

By Michael McDonut

If there is one thing that really cemented in my mind when I was on my Greater Manchester 500 pub challenge, it was that offices really only suit being in Manchester. It’s agglomeration.

By Kurt Steamings

Liverpool is not a dormitory town it’s a thriving cosmopolitan City.

By Anonymous

Liverpool amongst all of the country’s ‘provincial’ cities is the least provincial, it always has been, it’s whole raison d’etre is as a global city, indeed it was the first truly global city.

By Red Squirrel

Glad to see this hotel….note that office blocks are planned to surround the hotel….these are crucial….regarding Manchester yes it’s the capital of the north west …it’s madrid to Liverpool’s Barcelona…..I know where I would rather live !

By George

Big news will be when they have a forward funding deal to take out the investment.

By Anonymous

We want a park for the office (when we get them) workers to relax on their lunch.

By Bixteth Boy

Going back a century or so there Red Squirrel.

By Anon

Lots of cities in the UK can make claims about world status.
Manchester was without challenge the first and greatest industrial city in the world.
It’s about finding the strengths and working cohesively in the present to maintain that status.

By Anonymous

Liverpool was known as the second city of the empire. It’s whole raise d’etre was a conduit for goods “traded” with the colonies. Modern trade works somewhat differently hence the wholesale change in fortunes for the city. Luckily it’s been really successful, with the help of government, reinventing itself as a cultural hotspot.

By Awayo

What’s all this nonsense about Liverpool v Manchester and who’s the best and most important etc.?
They are two great cities in their own right and we should get behind them both and support them in their striving for commercial, industrial, residential, cultural, growth and economical achievements

By Red Zoony