PLANNING | Liverpool hotel pipeline grows

Liverpool’s hotel market shows no sign of slowing with the city in line to receive a 275-room boost as schemes across the city centre await approval from the planning committee next week.

Projects at Union Court, Baltic Triangle and James Street are all recommended for approval when the planning committee meets next Tuesday.


Former Kingston House, James Street

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The original design for the hotel, submitted in April 2019

Developer: Marshall CPD

Architect: Studio Mutt

Height: seven to 10 storeys

Rooms: 167

Plans are set to be approved for a 168-bedroom hotel on a vacant site on the corner of James Street and Strand Street.

The 11,500 sq ft site was once occupied by Kingston House, demolished in 2010.

The hotel will include a ground floor restaurant and a roof terrace.

1 Union Street hotel

Meininger Hotel Liverpool

Developer: Xtravagant

Architect: Falconer Chester Hall

Planner: Zerum

Height: Eight to 10 storeys

Rooms: 87

The 7,500 sq ft former office building on Cook Street, which was formerly the Watson Prickard department store, will be converted into an 87-bedroom hotel.

The project will include a two-storey rooftop extension to the building, which is occupied at ground floor level by Slug and Lettuce, and will be operated by Meininger.

Baltic Hotel, 18 Jamaica Street


Developer: Living Brick

Architect and planner: Domec

Height: six storeys including a three-storey rooftop extension

Rooms: 20, bringing the total number of rooms to 56

In phase two of the Baltic Hotel development, 20 rooms will be added to the existing 36 which were delivered in phase one of the project.

The hotel also features a ground floor bar restaurant and, due to the poor visual appearance of its brickwork, the applicant is proposing to create a painted mural effect across its front and side facades.

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No problem with the proposed use of any of these as a hotel, but…

James Street proposal – fugly. Jamaica Street proposal – fugly. Cook Street – [complete the trio]


By Liver lad

The design of the Strand Street Hotel has changed since those renders were released. I love the Baltic Hotel Scheme. It really compliments the building and the surrounding area.

By Anonymous

The two new build hotels are awful. LCC will regret granting permission for such crap architecture.

By Acelius

The Baltic Hotel is in a great spot facing Baltic Green. I like the quirkiness. I hope they go back to the red colour for the Meininger: that corner will really benefit from a striking design to balance Norman Shaw’s ‘Steaky Bacon’ building…. ; better known as the White Star Line building.

By Liverpolitan

Sorry, that’s not the Meininger… comment still applies!

By Liverpolitan

James Street proposal for its location is not good enough at all.

By L17

The city have radically changed the outlook onto our…river Mersey The best place to view the river now is from the Wirral side…Not so many year’s ago we could catch a climps of our water front Unfortunately that’s all gone because of all the high rise building’s our council have signed off on and continue to do so please no more…..

By Brian Pagan

LL (first comment) is not local. It’s obvious he doesn’t know the areas. And, @Acelius, there is only one new build hotel. The James Street hotel needs much more design work!

By Red Squirrel

@Red Squirrel – wrong, I’m as local as you can get… resident, work here, probably die here etc. However your gender assumption is correct:)


By Liver lad

Very disappointing design for the important James Street/ Strand site ….very very bland
Other hotels seem fine …..the worst of the 3 on the most important site

By Graham

The Baltic hotel looks a winner. Love the shape

By Captain

There clearly is less than any point paying the salaries of the “planning” department. An Excel spreadsheet could have made these decisions, and been just as careful when it comes to whether a building is harmful to heritage and setting of heritage.

The Strand building stinks, and would be a stain on Salford’s Chapel Street. Good enough for Liverpool’s council though, apparently.

By Mike

Hotels in the City..!!!….whatever happened to plans for the Municipal Building on Dale Street….and the old Martins Bank Building on Water street ?……I ‘ll believe these new schemes when I see evidence of ACTUAL use !!!!

By Tercol

Are we ever gonna build a modern building in Liverpool? I don’t think so! Non wonder we won’t get hs2

By George

As the developer we welcome the comments regarding the Baltic scheme, the unique design will only enliven the Triangle.

By Kev Doran

It’s great Kev. I love it!

By Liverpolitan

Having dealt with LCC planning department regarding new hotels on The Strand I can confirm they insist on bland design (although they don’t call it such). They don’t want anything that will detract from the three graces. Anything new needs to be subordinate in grandeur and fade into the background.

Interesting to read the committee report for the James Street hotel – Urban Design Officer and Heritage Officer both objecting to the proposal but clearly the case officer (or more likely someone more senior) thinks there is sufficient public benefit to outweigh the harm identified by their in-house experts.

By SillyGoose

Even though these developments are only at planning stage, I bet they will be completed before those few dormant Elliot developments….jesus!

By Old Hall Street

This is great news and more jobs for our children and their children. We also want offices and for the media and government to stop persecuting us and to see us as a major competitive world city.

By Mary Mullarkey

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