Old Bank of England, JSM Group, p planning docs

The Ivy has submitted plans for the old Bank of England building in Liverpool. Credit: via planning docs

The Ivy eyes up Liverpool’s old Bank of England

A restaurant earmarked for the grade one-listed building at 31 Castle Street now has a suitor with the brand name confirmed in a planning application lodged with the city council.

Troia (UK) Restaurants which trades as The Ivy Group has applied through agents Pegasus Group for change of use from bank to a restaurant, along with advertising consent covering fascia signs, menu boards, and lettering, on canopies and windows at the venue.

Pumphouse Designs is working on the project.

The application can be viewed by searching reference number 24F/1170 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.

Change of use approved

Last year JSM Company Group secured permission from the council to transform the building into a restaurant.

Wroot Design drew up a scheme for the creation of a dining area and a central bar set across two floors.

Downstairs, the basement is to house kitchens and other back-of-house facilities, while storage and office space is to be provided upstairs.

The property was built in 1845 but has been vacant since TSB Bank left in the 1990s according to a heritage statement produced by Townscape and submitted with that application.

Those plans can be viewed by searching for reference number 22F/0422 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.

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A great location for The Ivy and another welcome addition to the culinary delights currently being served in Castle Street.

By Liverpolitis

About time a quality operator took this much loved building and The Ivy will do it justice. If only someone similar could use the Lyceum building as it looks forlorn at present and the owners appear less than dynamic in filling it with anything more than indoor golf.

By Anonymous

Excellent news it will do extremely well.

By Cunard

Brilliant news for such an amazing building. Fingers crossed hooters goes bust so the Newz Bar can be reborn to cement Castle and Water Street as the high end dining area

By GetItBuilt!

@Get it built , The Ivy is indeed great news but why the fixation about Hooters, after all it’s not a strip joint or lap dance club, but does have females who wear shorts and wait on tables, shocking. More opened-minded cities, like Hamburg,wouldn’t be remotely upset by this , and we have bars in Bold St with women dancing on the bar counter.
Anyway bring on the Ivy the sooner the better.

By Anonymous

Hooters is good fun, sadly the one in Manchester didn’t happen as that city is very regressive

By Anonymous

Hooters would be ideal for this building actually, they need a bigger space in Liverpool.

By Anonymous

The Ivy is a great addition but I think we’ve lost Itsu who wanted to open in Paradise St till the council planners messed them around.

By Anonymous

Great news for this amazing building. Was this the one that had squatters in so all more great news to save it before destroyed. The Lyceum would be great if another similar operator could see the potential!

By Lizzy Baggot

Again fantastic news

By Anonymous

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