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The former council offices will house an MGallery hotel. Credit: Russell WBHO

GALLERY | Wraps off at Liverpool’s Municipal Buildings

Protective scaffolding has been removed from the façade as contractor Russell WBHO aims for early 2023 completion of the former council facility’s conversion into a 179-bedroom hotel.

Singaporean developer Fragrance Group is the client for the £40m project, with the Accor group lined up to operate the hotel under its high-end MGallery brand.

As revealed in February, the landmark Dale Street building will be Accor’s seventh hotel in the city.

The 183,000 sq ft Municipal Buildings formerly housed Liverpool City Council offices until the local authority acquired the Cunard Building in 2014, selling it to Fragrance in 2017.

Originally built in 1868, the grade two*-listed building has undergone a lengthy conservation and restoration programme.

The sandstone façade features ornate Corinthian columns, carved stone cornice, soffits and window surrounds, and a series of seven-foot-tall figures. Masonry and restoration specialist Stone Central has led the cleaning and restoration of the exterior.  More than 230 windows have been restored and repainted and lead coverings repaired along with the clock tower.

Internal works are continuing with the completion of the guest suites, Palm Court Lounge, tea rooms, reception, conference facilities and spa expected early next year. Russell WBHO is working with architect Falconer Chester Hall, which has designed a bronze-clad rear extension to house the swimming pool, gym and treatment rooms.

The professional team also includes structural engineer Curtins, Koncept ID interior design and specialist heritage architect Stephen Levrant.

Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, said: “Unveiling the façade is a huge moment of pride for everyone involved with this careful and sensitive restoration programme.

“The care and attention required can’t be underestimated and, no matter how many heritage restoration or conservation projects we deliver over the years, it’s remarkable to see the building emerge refreshed after more than 150 years of pollution, grime and weather damage.”

FCH director Alastair Shepherd said: “The conservation and restoration work is fantastic and the refurbishment of original features has exceeded expectations from when the project team was entrusted with the conversion. It is one of the most important and beautiful buildings in the city, which we’re sure will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.”

The Fragrance Group also bought the Aloft Hotel in Liverpool’s North John Street in December 2021.

Click any image to launch gallery. Russell WBHO provided the external photography, while the interior CGIs are by Accor.

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A great looking hotel this, if only a respected developer could get their hands on the Adelphi and restore it to it`s former glory.
One day it will happen.

By Anonymous

I am fortunate enough to be involved with this project and also live in the city. This is going to be very special i cannot wait to see it open . The city is about to have an instant classic go to Hotel and venue . All involved are doing a superb job.
I totally agree with Anonymous its criminal the waste of such an asset like the Adelphi . Prime location , architectural interest , and a fine history prior to the current owners who have turned into an embarrassment. Shameful ownership.

By Paul

A cracking job, that. Well done to all involved.

By Sceptical

Fantastic! Well done. My heart sank when I saw it was going to be a hotel – but this looks amazing! I am already mentioning it when I am on my travels to people planning to visit Liverpool.
Totally agree the Adelphi could be a similar calibre to this. Gateway to the city! Come on Liverpool City Council – do something!

By Mary Smiley

Only pity us is it’s a hotel now and not the Town Hall the pinnacle of civic buildings.

By Anonymous

Marvellous refurbishment!

By Liverpolitis

Glad it’s been repurposed and not allowed to fall into ruin but what a sad indictment of Liverpool and the councils previous stewardship that the Town hall could not be saved.

By Anonymous

Shame the council had to sell it. I worked in there for a few years and it felt very “civic”. That’s said, the photos look amazing! Maybe this is a better use of a beautiful building rather than rooms full of banks of desks, computers, and monitors.

By Ted

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