1 Union Court Liverpool

Meininger continues UK expansion with Liverpool hotel

Charlie Schouten

Following plans earlier this year to open its first site in the region, the German hotel operator has revealed a vision to develop its second venue in the North West at Liverpool’s Union Court.

The three-star, 90-bedroom hotel will be delivered at 1 Union Court on Cook Street in the city centre, where an existing office building will be converted into hotel rooms. There will also be a rooftop extension to accommodate additional rooms.

The existing building counts Learn Direct among its current office tenants and has a Slug & Lettuce pub and restaurant on the ground floor. Falconer Chester Hall is the architect with a planning application understood to be submitted imminently.

German operator Meininger has set out an ambitious growth plan and earlier this summer revealed plans to open its first Northern hotel on Manchester’s Great Ancoats Street.

It is working with Yorkshire-based developer S Harrison to work up the proposals, which feature 212 bedrooms over a 12-storey new-build block, designed by architect 3DReid. Subject to planning consent, this is set to open in January 2022.

Meininger has 26 hotels across Europe; it opened its first hotel in London’s Hyde Park in 2006, and is also planning to expand into the United States with a hotel in Washington DC.

Other UK sites are also identified by the operator including Belfast, Cambridge, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

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More hotel space great, lessoffice space not so, shows the demand will be there, will the supply?

By Boom boom, book a room

Guess people will be looking for work in Manchester then?

By Jamie

It’s a horrible building.

By Liverpool lad

Liverpool is booming

By Danny

As people move out of older, less suitable office space, it provides a demand for new, more suitable office space, surely.

By Anonymous

This was the old Watson Prickard department store: never designed as offices. They rebuilt their store in the 80s, hence the style. But it wasn’t bad for an 80s concrete paneled building, although not as good as the original 19th century buildings they replaced, which were similar to other buildings on North John Street, opposite the Hard Day’s Night Hotel.
This is an excellent location for hotels. It makes sense, right opposite Matthew Street and the Cavern Quarter. And I can see Victoria Street developing even more in the same way with the widened pavements filled with restaurants.

By Roscoe

Ugly building better to knock it down and start again.

By Anonymous

No wonder the trains from Liverpool to Manchester all full in the mornings, no offices there only hotels.

By Anonymous

Liverpool’s vibrant leisure industry is its growing strength!

By Roscoe

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