12 Hannover Street
12 Hanover Street was designed by Edmund Kirby and completed in 1890

Living Brick plots five-star Liverpool hotel

Dan Whelan

The developer has exchanged contracts with housing association Onward Homes for the sale of 12 Hanover Street, a five-storey, grade two-listed building, for around £4m with a view to creating what it claims would be the city’s first five-star hotel.

The 40,000 sq ft city-centre building was designed by Edmund Kirby and completed in 1890. Onward Homes is relocating to a new premises on Renshaw Street to make way for the development.

The deal was brokered by Domec Professional Services, a multidisciplinary consultancy that will also undertake the structural and architectural work for the project.

It is the second collaboration between Domec and Living Brick, which are working together on the second phase of the Baltic Hotel redevelopment on Jamaica Street.

A spokesperson for Living Brick said: “12 Hanover Street is an iconic grade two-listed building. We’ve been working behind the scenes on our plans for this building and there are some very exciting partnerships in the pipeline, tied to our aspiration to create the first five-star hotel in Liverpool.

“We think the city is ready for it and this building is perfectly primed for this purpose.”

Matt Fedigan, co-founding director at Domec, added: “A five-star hotel with real character at the heart of the city centre is one clear aspect that such an important, growing city as Liverpool has lacked for some time. Domec Professional Services continues to play a role in creating the next chapter of Liverpool’s revival history in direct partnership with our clients.

“We sought to create a compelling architectural vision for the locally much-loved, grade two-listed, building, and brought together two perfectly suited locally based parties in Living Brick and the previous freeholders, which had overlapping mutual interests and objectives.”

Worthington Owen acted as the agent for Onward Homes and Domec acted as advisor to Living Brick. ACSL is providing legal advice.

In a similar scheme, Principal Hotel Group had an application for the conversion of the grade two-listed Martins Bank approved in June 2019. When initial plans were submitted in 2016 it was thought that the building would be converted into a five-star hotel but work never started on site.

No timeline has been set for the 215-bedroom development which is being designed by Brock Carmichael.


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A wonderful idea….hope it comes to fruition quickly….the city desperately needs a top quality 5 star hotel….in an iconic setting….but would 215 rooms suffice ?….There does not appear to be additional land for an add on !!

By Tercol

A fantastic building for this. The scale is perhaps a plus for the first one – others will certainly follow.

By Roscoe

Quote….’What it claims’. What is that supposed to infer?

By Barry

If you want this to be the first 5 star hotel you had better get moving as you have competition, The Municipal Building and The old Magistrates court are on going

By SteveFoster

Do these erm developers actually know what you actually need to attain 5*?!?! Ask Lawrence, it’s not all hot tubs and flouncy mirrors….

By Randy Frank

Yet another Liverpool developer bandying around the term 5 star.

215 rooms? In that? What area they, 5 star pods??

And/or is it assumed that another 5 floors can be plonked on top, which all of a sudden seems to be all the rage in anything-goes Liverpool.

Ah that would not be allowed for such a building, surely? Unless of course it’s going to be FIVE STARS… (honest)

By Mike

I don’t know this stunning building. Very worthy of a decent regeneration scheme.

By Elephant

What is an affordable rent housing association doing in a 4 million pounds worth building in the centre of the city in the first place?
Nevertheless, trebles all round I guess!


A good idea but what Liverpool needs to do is break the status quo and concentrate on offices. We are not a mini Blackpool we are Liverpool.

By Michael McMoanalot

@Elephant – the building is located in once a very prominent Liverpool location, behind John Foster’s magnificent (demolished) Custom’s House, and opposite the wonderful (demolished) old Sailor’s Home. It’s now at the back of John Lewis, but you’ve still got two other wonderful buildings on two corners of this 5- ways junction at the bottom of Duke Street. The prominence of this area is growing again of course due to the proximity of the Royal Albert Dock, and the redevelopment of the Police HQ will be a boon as it will increase connectivity. The classical Custom House sat on the site of the Old Dock (1704) and the former Pool of Liverpool. The war took its toll on the Custom’s House but today it would have been saved. It was one of Liverpool’s most significant and architecturally important buildings.

By Roscoe

I believe the building extends a great deal around the back, the image shown is only from the front.

By Peek around the back.

TPH – I’d wager it wasn’t worth £4m when Onward acquired it, so they’re doing the right thing by selling now. Duh.

By Duh.

Another RSL sitting on a fortune.

By John Smith

The 215 rooms must be a lie, in its current form, and as a 5 star hotel (probably another lie) 25 rooms would be ambitious, so unless they are adding a 10 story extension on top cannot see it, and the ground floor available space (again for 5 star) such as driveway, is lacking. Beautiful building though

By someone