Gostins Building

PLANNING | Gostins and Aura add to Liverpool hotel boom

Charlie Schouten

In the latest sign of the city’s buoyant hospitality market, three hotels with a combined 754 bedrooms are all set to secure consent from Liverpool City Council next week.

Among the projects recommended for approval by the council’s planning committee are the 278-bed conversion of the Gostins building; a 274-bed property at Elliot Group’s Aura; and a 204-bed hotel fronting Norfolk Street in the Baltic Triangle.


Gostins Building

Gostins Building

Bedrooms: 278

Developer: Niboco

Architect: Studio RBA

Storeys: 12

The £30m scheme has been rejigged from an earlier planning application, which was put forward in 2018. The latest application by developer Niboco is for a four-star-plus offering, although an operator is yet to be secured.

There will be a four-storey rooftop extension while the lower eight floors will be converted into hotel use. A rooftop terrace is also proposed.


Aura Hotel Daytime East

Bedrooms: 274

Developer: Elliot Group

Architect: Falconer Chester Hall

Storeys: Three to nine

The hotel at the wider £100m Aura development will replace a previously-proposed residential block and will feature nearly 300 bedrooms. Targeted at a budget operator, the building tops out at nine storeys and sits on a plot bounded by Prescot Street and Low Hill.

The hotel is to include a bar, lounge, and restaurant along with a 1,350 sq ft commercial unit at ground floor level.

Elliot Group announced it would be bringing forward the hotel at the site in August, replacing a previously-proposed 142-apartment block at the £100m scheme, which also includes more than 1,000 flats for students and key workers.

Norfolk Street

Brock Carmichael Liverpool Hotel

Bedrooms: 202

Developer: Crossfield Exclusive

Architect: Brock Carmichael

Storeys: Nine

The proposals by Crossfield Exclusive are for a vacant plot at Norfolk Street and will include a gym, bar, restaurant, and outdoor roof terrace.

The scheme is part of a wider phased development by Crossfield; the first phase of 129 apartments is currently being built. The proposed hotel will sit on the former Liver Grease, Oil & Chemicals buildings, which will all be knocked down to make way for the scheme.

The site sits within Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site buffer zone.

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If my calculations are correct there are about 1,400 rooms under construction now and including the three above about another 1000+ in the pipeline.

By Boom boom, book a room

And the highest occupancy rates in the UK.

By Liverpolitan

And another 2,000 either with planning permission or under consideration.

By Anonymous