The latest proposals to convert the George Henry Lee building, housing on the former Kensington Market, an expansion of Liverpool Shopping Park and revised plans by YPG at Gildart Street are all going before committee next week.
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George Henry Lee building
Size: 153,000 sq ft
The plans for the hotel on Basnett Street are being brought forward by the Doherty family, the owners of the former Rapid Discount Store on the building’s ground floor, along with property investor Williamson Holding, the developer behind the conversion of the Gostin Building on Hanover Street. The proposals for the George Henry Lee building have been named as The Williamson in planning documents
The proposals are for a 157-bed hotel over nine floors, including a restaurant, bar, conference facilities, gym, spa, and a basement-level casino and nightclub. No external alterations, or changes to the building’s entrances, are proposed.
Plans were put forward to convert the upper floors into a hotel in 2014, but these were never progressed, and a fresh application by aparthotel operator Roomzzz followed in 2017. Again, this application never came to fruition.
Fabric Village, Gildart Street
Developer, contractor & architect: YPG
YPG’s revised proposals are for a £50m scheme on Gildart Street which initially secured planning permission in 2017. Named Fabric Village, the initial proposals were for three blocks ranging between seven and 10 storeys, including 449 one and two-bed apartments.
The rejigged application features a reduced number of apartments at 419, and a revised layout to one of the 10 storey blocks and the seven-storey block. There will be six retail units across the site; three in the largest block, and three split across the other two.
The previous application was approved subject to a Section 106 agreement of £1.3m, including a £900,000 contribution to public realm improvements in the city.
Under the latest plans, the Section 106 agreement is significantly lower, featuring commuted sums of around £600,000, with much of this going towards public realm and landscaping.
Former Kensington Market, Prescot Road
Developer & planner: MCI Developments
The developer’s plans are for the derelict 2.3-acre site to the south of Prescot Road, formerly home to the Kensington Market. MCI is proposing to demolish the remaining structures and replace them with two three-storey blocks featuring 54 flats, along with 30 homes. There will be 16 three-bed homes and 14-two beds.
The site has long been mooted for redevelopment with a plan for a food store and retail unit put forward in 2010, along with 44 homes and 15 apartments. These were never progressed and were then withdrawn in 2015; following this, plans for student accommodation were also approved, but were again withdrawn around two years ago.
The plans are recommended for approval subject to a Section 106 agreement featuring £84,000 towards open space, and £68,000 towards tree planting.
Liverpool Shopping Park, Edge Lane
Retail & leisure space: 145,000 sq ft
The developer is planning to add 18 retail and leisure units at the park on Edge Lane, replacing the site’s former Hollywood Bowl, which is due to move into a new leisure unit alongside a cinema. There will be 16 retail units along with two drive-thru restaurants, including a drive-thru coffee shop.
The first phase of the park opened in October last year and tenants include Next, M&S, Boots, B&Q, Wilko, M&S Food Hall, TK Maxx, and River Island.
Construction is set to start in the summer.