Promenade Estates has submitted plans to convert the listed No2 Queen Square in Liverpool, designed by Sir Alfred Waterhouse, into a 43-bed boutique hotel.
The building overlooking St John’s Gardens and St George’s Hall was formerly the headquarters of Pearl Assurance and adjoins the Marriott Hotel, also developed by Promenade Estates in the 1990s.
Designed by Falconer Chester Hall with Curtins as engineer, the hotel will be developer’s fifth in the region. The Dr Duncan’s pub on the ground floor is unaffected by the application.
An operator for the hotel has not yet been confirmed.
“It’s the perfect location for a high quality boutique offering,” said Promenade chairman Peter Hynd. “Those who visit the city for its architecture and culture will love the Alfred Waterhouse link and the fact that the Walker Art Gallery is over the road.
“We understand the regional hotel market and also the operational issues, having been active investors in all our hotel properties.”
The conversion at Queen Square follows a number of disposals by Promenade in the last 12 months, including the fully-let Marine Point development in New Brighton to Aprirose; the Ramada Plaza in Southport to Bliss Estates; and a waterfront residential scheme overlooking Liverpool’s Albert Dock to Vista Fund.
It also disposed of The Observatory, a 21,000 sq ft building forming part of the wider Queen Square site, in February this year. It was sold to housing provider Torus for £3.65m.
The nearby North Western Hall, also designed by Waterhouse, is being converted into a 202-bed hotel by Worthington Group.