GREEN LIGHT FOR FUNKY HOTEL AND STUDENT VILLAGE
City planners have approved plans for a new ‘funky’ boutique hotel and ‘student village’ in Liverpool.
Architects at Falconer Chester Hall (FCH), acting on behalf of developer Niveda Group, have secured consent to build a Student Village, with 404 apartments and a 160-bedroom Marriott Moxy Hotel.
The development is to be built close to Renshaw Street, fronting onto Oldham Square on land currently a vacant car park. The site sits between the Ropewalks area and Rodney Street conservation area, between Liverpool’s two city centre university campuses and will include an ‘active commercial frontage’.
Launched by the global hotel giant to capture a younger trendier audience, the Marriott Moxy brand aims to deliver affordable luxury and offer a less formal atmosphere than a standard Marriott Hotel.
Project architect Quentin Keohane said: “It’s a really striking scheme with quality public realm that will bring the area to life. Both operators bring something fresh to the city.
“The scheme will be primarily of brick and the vertical proportions reflect the tall hoist wells seen in the Ropewalks area. The upper levels are finished in Zinc to pick up on the traditional materials used in the roofscape of the conservation areas adjacent and to help the scheme blend seamlessly into the city’s skyline.”
The scheme was designed by FCH Architects and the planning consultants are Zerum.