Troia, the group behind the chain of upmarket bars and restaurants, is to open a Liverpool outlet at the grade two-listed former Bank of Liverpool and Il Palazzo office building on Water Street.
Once occupied by Natwest bank and more recently by Your Space-operated serviced offices, the 15,300 sq ft building has been empty since 2017 and sits next to the India Buildings, which are currently being overhauled by fit-out specialist Overbury ahead of the relocation of HM Revenue & Customs.
Under the plans approved by Liverpool City Council, the ground floor of the Palazzo building will be converted into a bar, restaurant and dining hall designed by Pumphouse Designs. The planner for the project is Pegasus.
The consent for internal alterations follows a previous application by leisure operator Aqua Commercial, approved in 2017, to change the use of the ground floor of the building from offices into a restaurant.
Aqua’s application also mooted the construction of 10 apartments on the upper floors, designed by MgMa Studio.
In addition, in 2018, plans for a private members club were outlined by SRNB UK but were never progressed.
The Ivy has 33 branches in England, 15 of which are in London. The Spinningfields branch, opened in 2017, is currently its only North West offering.
Troia closed its The Ivy branches in line with Government guidance on 19 March and they have yet to reopen.
The Ivy was contacted but declined to comment on the Liverpool project.
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