Plans for the £15m redevelopment of the Liverpool golf club were approved last September but are “no longer viable”, prompting owner Green Circle to more than double the size of the scheme’s four-star hotel.
Architect Brock Carmichael has replaced RGP Architects and is now leading on the design of the project.
Under the original proposals, the grade two-listed manor house was to be converted into a 31-bedroom boutique hotel.
The revised proposals, lodged with Liverpool City Council, seek permission for a 66-bedroom hotel at Allerton Manor, located on Allerton Road in Woolton.
“The lengthy planning process and the Covid-19 pandemic have delayed the project,” said Green Circle managing director, Craig Coley.
“In the meantime, construction and material costs have massively increased, meaning that the original 31 bed hotel scheme is no longer viable.”
As well as increasing the capacity of the hotel, design changes have also been made in order to deliver “a more appropriate and greatly improved architectural design solution,” according to Coley.
The original design attracted some criticism from some local objectors.
“We decided to take those constructive comments on board in the new brief by selecting an architect with local understanding and a track record working with heritage buildings and sensitive sites.”
John Cassell, partner at Brock Carmichael, said: “Our approach has been to deliver a simple and aesthetically elegant design, where the new build element doesn’t try to compete or distract from the original architectural character of the former Manor House.”
Other elements of the scheme remain unchanged. Namely the reconfiguration of the golf course to create a par 72 championship grade course.
A new clubhouse and adventure golf facilities also feature within the proposals.
The course was municipally run until 2014, when it was leased to the applicant, which described the golf club as “a loss-making liability that had been starved of investment”.
Subject to approval of the revised plans, the project is due for completion by 2025.