Signature Living’s plans to convert a vacant 1960s office at Kingsway House on Hatton Street into a mixed-use scheme with shops, retail and leisure, and 114 apartments has been recommended for approval by Liverpool’s city planners.
The scheme will see two new floors added to the six-storey office and will provide 12,000 sq ft of flexible commerical space, which has been designated for use as either shops, offices for professional services, restaurants or bars.
The latest proposals replace previous designs for 76 apartments that had been approved by the council late last year, and adds an extra 38 apartments spread across the two new floors. The apartments will feature a mix of studio, one-bed and two-bed flats.
The two-storey roof extension will be constructed using a light weight steel framing system, which will sit atop the existing structure. The extension will be clad in non-combustible cladding however the existing office retain the original brick face facade.
Concluding their recommendation for the proposals, planning officers stated: “The proposed residential accommodation will increase the numbers of people using the area and together with the commercial units, they will contribute towards a sustainable mix of uses in an accessible location, benefiting the local economy, providing enhanced employment prospects and assisting with the regeneration of the area.
“The Head of Planning is therefore satisfied that with the revisions secured, the scale and design of the extension and infilling works are of a standard she would expect to find in this highly prominent and sensitive city centre location.”
The plans are due to be considered by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee on 19 June.