An expanded Signature Living hotel, and revised proposals for previously-approved flats and student accommodation are set to return to Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next week.
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Arthouse Hotel, 1 Arthouse Square
Developer: Signature Living
Scheme: Add two storey roof extension, and seven storey side extension to infill Arthouse Square, to double size of Arthouse Hotel to 71 bedrooms
Signature Living acquired the former Arthouse Square office in 2016, and converted it into a 35-room hotel in 2017. The application has been revised from an earlier scheme, and applies to use Arthouse Square as the site of a seven-storey extension, including ground floor uses such as retail and cafes.
The hotel developer argues that the square attracts anti-social behaviour and drug use, and doesn’t present a loss of valuable public space as the nearby St Peter’s Square fulfils the purpose better.
However, objectors to the scheme have said the proposal is too large for the area, and have expressed concerns about the hotel occupants, with one respondent fearing “the existing anti-social behaviour of hotel guests, including visible nudity, will be exacerbated”.
Renshaw Hall, Benson Street
Developer: NR Capricornus, part of Niveda Realty
Scheme: 12-storey 160-bedroom hotel, and 11-storey student accommodation, for more than 400 bedrooms
Architect: Falconer Chester Hall
The proposal for Oldham Place, Benson Street and Back Renshaw Street revises a previously-approved scheme, with permission granted in 2016 for three blocks of aparthotel and student accommodation on the site of a historic ice rink.
The proposal reduces the development to two blocks, and increases the planned number of student rooms.
Niveda is a real estate investor headquartered in Mayfair, controlled by two East African and South Asian families.
Hughes House, London Road
Developer: Town Square Developments
Another revised scheme, which was approved in 2017 subject to a legal agreement, which was never signed. The proposal is to demolish Hughes House to build a part nine, part 10 storey building made up of 245 flats.
In the amended application, the project has increased in height from six and eight storeys, has increased apartments from 183 flats, and reduced the amount of commercial floorspace.
Objecting to the proposal, Cllr Nick Small argued the Hughes building should be retained due to its local importance, and the height doesn’t reflect surrounding buildings such as Audley House, the neighbouring TJ Hughes store.