PLANNING | Cavern Walks hotel heads to committee
Signature Living’s conversion of Cavern Walks into a hotel, alternative plans for Victoria House, and a 10-storey block on Oriel Street will go before Liverpool’s planning committee next week.
All the major schemes have been recommended for approval, subject to a legal agreement.
Developer: Signature Living
Hotel suites: 125
Signature Living agreed a deal to purchase Cavern Walks last November and is now set for consent to convert the upper floors into a hotel. The developer is planning to in-fill the central atrium of the shopping centre to provide around 7,500 sq ft of additional space.
Retail will be retained at ground floor level, with the lower-ground floor upwards being converted into hotel suites, which will have up to eight beds per room. A retail unit on Mathew Street, currently occupied by Cricket Clothing, will converted to be the hotel’s main entrance.
Additional apartments: 20
Architect: NC Architecture
The developer’s plans add to the existing consent for Victoria House, which features 78 apartments converted from office space. Oakstore bought the building for £2.35m from the administrators of Pinnacle Residential Liverpool, which collapsed owing £2.2m to its investors before the scheme was complete.
Oakstore’s plans are to add a roof extension featuring 20 co-living apartments, bringing the total number of homes at Victoria House past 100.
Recommending the scheme for approval, officers said: “The proposed conversion will regenerate a vacant building and contribute to the local economy by proving new residential accommodation and increasing footfall across the area. It will contribute towards a complimentary and sustainable mix of uses, in a highly accessible location.”
Developer: Vauxhall Developments
Storeys: eight to 10
Architect: Constructive Thinking Studio
The proposals cover a plot sitting between Oriel Street and Paul Street, on the eastern side of Vauxhall Road. The plans are an update to an existing planning permission; the developer secured permission for 69 apartments in a part-six, part-seven storey block in January this year.
The latest proposals feature 134 apartments over a larger C-shaped block, split between eight, nine, and 10 storeys; the taller element will be located fronting Vauxhall Road. The development is proposed as part of a phased scheme which will see neighbouring sites built out for apartments.
According to Companies House, Vauxhall Developments is headed up by three directors: Thomas Cassidy, Denis Murphy, and Patrick Young.