Vision emerges for 48-storey Southport skyscraper
One of the tallest buildings outside of London could be coming to Merseyside under proposals for a hotel and apartment scheme from Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group.
Dubbed the Tower of Hope, the 48-storey skyscraper would be constructed as part of the redevelopment of Southport’s grade two-listed Grand Casino on Lord Street.
“This will be the single biggest project that will have come to Southport since anyone can remember,” said Andrew Mikhail, chairman of Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group.
“New York City started with a single brick once upon a time as did London and every major city and town.”
Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group is working with Clayton Architecture on the plans for the site and plans to launch a public consultation on the scheme in the coming weeks.
Standing taller than Manchester’s Beetham Tower at 178 metres, the Tower of Hope would become one of the tallest buildings outside of London.
The skyscraper would feature:
- 140 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments
- A restaurant and bar
- 109 five-star hotel rooms
- A wedding venue
- Community health and wellbeing centre
- Gym and spa
- Retention of the Grand Casino’s heritage assets
“We need to cherish our past and we should be building our own future so other generations can bask in our glory rather than continuously referring back to our past,” Mikhail added.
“A great philosopher once said ‘the secret of change is to focus all your energy on not fighting the old but on building the new’.”
Mikhail has also pledged to donate all profits from apartments sales to charity.
Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group’s other Southport holdings include The Bold Hotel, Lord Street Hotel, Punch Tarmey’s Irish Pub, Lord Street Sports Bar, and a bar within the recently redeveloped Southport Market.
Last year, Southport was awarded £38.5m from the government’s Town Deal. The cash will help to invest in existing attractions and the creation of new all- weather attractions in the sea front area, as well as the creation of new enterprise hubs to help attract and grow businesses in the town centre
“The recent Town Deal funding announcement has been a great boost for Southport and on the back of those funds hopefully more investment will flood into Southport like the one we are proposing now,” Mikhail said.
“The council anticipates over £400m of private sector investment will follow the Town Deal schemes and The Tower of Hope will be a major contributor to this, further stimulating the local economy.”