The redevelopment of the grade two star-listed Water Street landmark is among a host of projects recommended for approval when the council’s planning committee meets next week.
A previous application to convert the interwar Herbert J Rowse-designed building into a hotel having lapsed, the Principal Hotel Group submitted plans for a 215-bedroom hotel in March, with Brock Carmichael as architect and Savills advising. The building has been empty since Barclays moved out in the late 2000s.
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Land on Upper Parliament Street
Developer: FBM UK
Architect: Wroot Design
Storeys, Three to five, in two blocks
Scheme: FBM is part of the Flanagan Group. The site is located between Upper Parliament Street and residential areas Carlingford Close and Verulam Close, with Princes Primary School to the east and the Caribbean Centre to the west, and is currently landscaped open space with paths forming a route to Upper Parliament Street. The site previously had housing on it, demolished around 1970. An application for 109 flats in five and six-storey blocks was refused in 2017 – changes made include a realigned, lit footpath through the scheme, while around two-fifths of the overall space will remain green and public. Three councillors and a residents’ petition have raised objections.
Developer: Principal Hotel Group
Architect: Brock Carmichael
Hotel beds: 215
Scheme: The proposal differs from the 2015 application with changes including using the entire ground floor as a guest area, featuring a lounge, bar, restaurant, function rooms, reception and lobby. A new entrance is proposed on the Exchange Street West elevation. Kitchen, offices, and ancillary space are all also to be moved to the basement. The banking hall’s existing mezzanine will be used to provide 12 guest rooms. The former boardroom and directors’ dining rooms are to be retained as conferencing spaces, while a gym will be added. New rooftop extensions will provide enclosed spaces between the existing stone rooftop colonnades on the east and west of the building to form a sky bar on its west elevation, and a spa along its east elevation facing the town hall.
St James Street
Developer: Mersey Contractor
Planner: GW Planning
Storeys, Seven, nine and ten
Scheme: The site sits within the eastern part of the Baltic Triangle, with boundaries to St James Street, Norfolk Street and Brick Street, and is bound to its west by Liver Oil & Grease. The applicant proposes 24 one-bed flats and 32 two-bed, with 10,555 sq ft of flexible commercial space.
Bling Building, Hanover Street
Developer: Signature Living
Hotel beds; 33
Scheme: The applicant seeks a change of use from hair salon to hotel, featuring 33 beds in 18 suites, adding in a basement spa and a glazed rooftop extension including a bar. The five-storey building was designed by Piers Gough for famed local hairdresser Herbert Howe as part of the development of Liverpool ONE. Signature acquired the building in 2017.
Developer: Everbright Developments
Architect: Smith Young Architecture
Scheme: The site sits both within the Knowledge Quarter and Islington Regeneration Quarter areas as defined by local planning documents. A proposal for 36 apartments over seven storeys on the site was approved in 2017, but the developer has since declared that unviable.
Land at Wynnstay Street, Welsh Streets
Scheme: The site, also fronting South Street, Voelas Street and Rhiwlas Street, sits within the Welsh Streets area, which has been undergoing major refurbishment across terraced housing. The project is new build terraces, with around two-thirds of the scheme to be built on a neighbourhood park, the rest of the site currently housing derelict or demolished homes. The Secretary of State refused consent for a proposal at the site, which sits around 200m of Princes Park, in 2015. Consultation on this £8m project was carried out in December.