The hotel will be extending into and building upon the adjacent 1931 Grade II-listed premises, originally The Royal School for the Blind.
This will mark the independently owned hotel’s second expansion since opening in 2004, with the new development adding 62 new rooms including 15 suites, a clubroom, a new gym, and an extensive spa, called Hope Street Hotel Spa.
It will also create Liverpool’s first hotel cinema with 40 seats and its own bar, a room with exposed pitch pine roof trusses, six arched 1851 windows and Cheshire pink brick walls. A new fifth-floor event space which will have two terraces – one overlooking the city centre and the other over the Metropolitan Cathedral – will also be created as part of the development.
Opened and developed by Dave Brewitt, a local resident since 1981, Hope Street Hotel has grown three-fold in the last 15 years. The project will be undertaken whilst keeping the existing hotel open.
Brewitt said: “I am massively proud of Hope Street Hotel’s 15-year success and growth. We opened in 2004 as Liverpool’s first boutique hotel, restoring, converting and extending a derelict and redundant 1869 warehouse.
“This latest – and most ambitious – expansion is a tremendously complex project. Threading a new eight-storey building over, under and alongside the listed former Royal School for the Blind, and linking it to the existing hotel has been a mammoth 3D jigsaw – all done while keeping the hotel open throughout the build.”
He added: “I am delighted to have been able to bring the 1851 and 1931 School buildings back into sustainable use. Maintaining original architectural features, we have created new hotel spaces, including 62 rooms, roof-top suites, a spa, a swimming pool, a clubroom, our very own 40-seat cinema and a dramatic new events space on the fifth floor.
“Our aim is to remain at the forefront of Liverpool’s hotel offer. This development continues our original ambition to deliver exemplary hospitality on Hope Street.”