Developer and contractor Worthington Group has instructed Jenics to find an operator for Liverpool’s North Western Hall as it prepares to convert the listed building from student flats into a hotel.
Worthington Group has bought North Western Hall from John Moores University, which has used the grade two-listed building as student accommodation since 1996. It is currently operated by Sanctuary Students, and other occupiers in the building include a Wetherspoons on the ground floor.
The developer and contractor is now hoping to convert the hotel, opposite Lime Street station, in time for a mid-2019 opening, and has instructed hotel and leisure development advisors Jenics to find an operator.
It is understood the areas of the building set aside for student accommodation will be converted into hotel space, subject to planning permission from Liverpool City Council.
The mix of rooms and facilities is yet to be decided but it is expected the hotel could hold 180 rooms for a full service operator, or up to 230 for a limited service budget hotel.
Jeremy Collins, director of Jenics, said: “As a purpose built hotel, retuning this iconic site to an hotel operation is an efficient refurbishment exercise that adds to the cost effectiveness and speed of delivery of the site.
“With the property in excellent condition and a supportive city council behind the proposals we are expecting high levels of interest.”