Duke Street Room 2 Brand 2
TIm Groom Architects has designed the proposal for Iliad Group

Hotel primed to fill Ropewalks gap

Neil Tague

Plans have been lodged for a 190-bed hotel in Liverpool city centre, to occupy a surface car park site between Duke Street and Parr Street.

The scheme has been designed by Tim Groom Architects on behalf of Duke Street Hotel, a vehicle linked to established Liverpool developer Iliad Group through directors David Anastasiou and Tim Molloy.

The hotel would be operated under an emerging brand called Room 2, which has two sites already, in Hammersmith and Southampton.

Taking up space on what is currently a surface car park and a 1950s building previously occupied by Liverpool Media Academy, the proposed scheme would comprise three linked buildings of between five and eight storeys containing 190 hotel rooms.

There would also be amenities including a lounge, gym, launderette, co-working and dining facilities, as well as one ground floor commercial unit of 188 sq ft, and 38 short-stay car parking spaces.

Iliad Group is a long-term player and stakeholder in the Ropewalks area, developing projects such as Elysian Fields.

Other developers have followed in the popular area of the city centre. In November, Elliot Group completed The Address, a £100m, 11-storey PRS scheme at One Wolstenholme Square, which sits within the wider 470-apartment Wolstenholme Square development.

Meanwhile, Living Brick is on site with the 30-room hotel Duke Street Boutique, while Parr Street Studios are to be converted in a residential project.

The application is awaiting determination by Liverpool City Council.

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Just a correction, The Address building cost around £30m , and formed part of Elliot`s £100m Wolstenholme Square project, which has improved the area no end.

By Anonymous

The Medication nightclub was once located in that square…fun student times

By Anonymous

As long as they incorporate the building on Duke Street, once occupied by the LMA, then no problem.

By JA

What an unrealistic impression; where are the cars that are always parked up on the pavement bumper to bumper ?

By Lord Canning

This is fine for the Wolstenholme Square elevation, but I hope there’s a sensitive solution on the Duke Street side where it’s next-door but one to Liverpool’s first lending library, and one of the first in the country. I’m pleased to see this gap filled though. Only a small number of plots remaining undeveloped in Ropewalks now and all but one have plans in I believe.

By Roscoe

We have got plenty of hotels. It`s offices we need if we are to break the status quo.

By Michael McMoanalot