Vacant Queen Square pub to be transformed

Promenade Estates, formerly known as Neptune Investments, has appointed WH Snow as main contractor for the £1m reconfiguration of the former Rat & Parrot pub in Liverpool’s Queen Square into three leisure units.

The site on the corner of Whitechapel and the bus gyratory has been empty for more than three years. Promenade Estates submitted plans at the end of last year to redevelop the building.

The £1m project, designed by DK Architects, will see the installation of a new façade on the 14,500 sq ft building with perforated aluminium cladding and glazing, with incorporated LED lighting to use the building’s prominent corner location.

Restaurants and leisure operators are expected to be announced shortly and trading before Christmas, joining La Tasca, Nando’s and Buffalo Jacks in the area.

Daniel Hynd, managing director of Promenade Estates, said: “There are lots of exciting things happening at Queen Square in the next few months and we’re happy to announce that WH Snow have started construction on site with the transformation of the old Rat & Parrot building.

“The regeneration of the pub is part of the next phase of growth for Queen Square. The renovation of the building will provide space for three new tenants which will bring new international names to the city and cement the strong leisure offering already available in the area.”

Tom Murphy, construction director at WH Snow, says: “We have worked alongside Promenade Estates for the past couple of years, including the construction of The Prom @ New Brighton project, and we’re looking forward to continue this working relationship with the regeneration of the Rat & Parrot pub in Queen Square.”

Promenade Estates is in the final stages of negotiation with new tenants for the building.

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