Augur Group has won approval to expand the types of potential tenants for the 400,000 sq ft Liverpool building as part of its strategy to redevelop the grade two-listed former department store into a mixed-use scheme.
Liverpool City Council has granted the developer permission to increase the flexibility of uses within the Lewis’s Building on Renshaw Street. Augur wants to move away from retail by allowing space within the upper ground, first and second floors to be used as offices or by leisure operators.
The revamp of the Lewis’s Building, which Augur bought in 2017, forms part of the developer’s wider The Circus scheme that will see vacant land to the rear of the building next to Central Station redeveloped to provide 70,000 sq ft of offices and 275,000 sq ft of retail space.
Auger wants to “deliver a meaningful mix of uses [in the Lewis’s Building] that are aligned with modern requirements and market demand,” according to a planning statement by Quod.
The developer has also been granted listed building consent for a range of external works including making good brickwork and adjusting the positioning of windows.
After closing in 2010, the majority of the seven-storey Lewis’s Building is vacant, including 70,000 sq ft of offices on the upper four floors known as The Department.
The west wing of the building, fronting Ranelagh Street, is occupied by a 126-bedroom Adagio Hotel and Pure Gym occupies 25,000 sq ft on the lower ground floor.
Before the site changed hands, developers Merepark and Ballymore had advanced plans for a scheme called Central Village on the land between Lewis’s and the station with various designs being proposed and restaurant operators including Nando’s and Harvester signed up.
However, the project suffered numerous delays and was never advanced.
Augur was contacted for comment.