Singapore-based Fragrance Group aims to create a 185-bed hotel in the former council headquarters on Dale Street in a scheme designed by Liverpool architects Falconer Chester Hall.
Multi-million pound plans to turn Liverpool City Council’s former headquarters into a four-star hotel have been approved by city planners.
Singapore-based Fragrance Group aims to create a 185-bed hotel in the former Municipal Buildings on Dale Street in a scheme designed by Liverpool architects Falconer Chester Hall (FCH).
FCH says the project would also see a four-storey extension built to the rear of the existing Grade II-listed building.
“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,” said Alastair Shepherd, director of FCH.
“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.”
Guests will have access to facilities including a spa, gym and spectacular top lit swimming pool. The hotel will also have conference and meeting facilities plus large, guest suites and a restaurant spilling out into the atrium.
The grand 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 but subservient in scale with bronze colour cladding and glass detailing.
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.