Former Liverpool City Council building to be turned into four-star hotel

The former home of Liverpool City Council is to be converted into a luxury four-star hotel.

The city’s planning committee has given the green light to proposals submitted by the Singapore-based Fragrance Group to create a 185-bed hotel in the former Municipal Buildings on Dale Street.

The design also includes an extension to the rear of the existing Grade II-listed building.

Alastair Shepherd the director of Falconer Chester Hall, the architects commissioned for the project, said: “This is a significant commission for us to convert a building that had been at the centre of the city’s public life for more than a century and a half.  

“We will carry out a sensitive refurbishment of the existing highly decorative spaces and deliver a scheme the site and its history deserve. This consent is testimony to the close working relationship with Historic England and the Council’s Conservation Department.”

Once built guests will have access to facilities including a spa, gym and top lit swimming pool. The hotel will also have conference and meeting facilities plus large guest suites and a restaurant adjoining the atrium.

The main entrance on Dale Street will be retained, and the division of existing rooms to create new bedrooms will be dictated by the existing window pattern, decorative ceilings and structural masonry walls. The new extension will be modern, contrasting with the existing building.

When completed, the hotel will add to the Fragrance Group’s growing portfolio of hotels in the UK, which includes properties in Manchester, Blackpool, Harrogate, Paignton and Torquay.

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