The grade two-listed Fruit Exchange in Liverpool could be renovated and converted into a 91-room luxury hotel under plans put in to the city council.
The historic building, which dates from the 1800s, has stood vacant for a number of years, although the ground floor has been used as a pub in recent years.
Applicant JSM Group, advised by Wroot Design, has put in the application to add a storey to the building and deliver apartments for “couples, families and groups”.
The scheme would see the “refurbishment of the iconic building and the historic auction rooms”, including restoring the two former exchange halls, cleaning the two street-facing sides of the property, and restoring boarded-up windows.
In documents submitted to the council, Wroot said: “The main aim of the design is to bring life back to a once very important building, this is to be achieved by restoring and redeveloping the existing and creating a luxury hotel in an important part of the city centre.”
Fruit Exchange sites within the Castle Street conservation area.
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.
Plans were put in at the start of 2018 by the same team, to add two storeys to Fruit Exchange and deliver 59 aparthotel rooms. However the proposals were never progressed.