14th June 2019

Liverpool City Centre’s Grade ll listed Martin’s Building is set to be converted into a luxury 215 bedroom hotel, complete with spa and conference facilities.

Situated within the Castle Street Conservation Area, part of Liverpool World Heritage Site, the project is expected to benefit the local economy and boost jobs.

Built in 1932, the landmark, 11-story former bank, designed by architect Herbert J. Rowse, is considered to be one of the city’s finest examples of inter-war architecture.

Principal Hotel Company are behind the plans, which add to their portfolio of properties across the UK. They have been advised that their plans are in-line with previous granted permissions and approval has already been recommended.

Liverpool’s Martin’s Building.

Plans show that the the main hotel entrance, bar and dining facilities would be located within the ground floor banking hall. Conference facilities would be within the side bays and mezzanine level of the same area, as well as parts of level eight.

A spa is also proposed at the rooftop level, to be accommodated within the former chairman’s apartment, while function spaces and a bar are also proposed within the existing layout.

A report received by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee – prior to a formal meeting on 18 June – said: “It is considered that the proposed use is acceptable in this location and will not result in an undue loss of amenity for neighbouring occupiers.

“The proposed high-end hotel with ancillary restaurant, bar, spa and conference facilities will cater for an identified niche market and will add to the diversity of hotel accommodation offer within the city. It will contribute towards a sustainable mix of uses in an accessible location, benefiting the local economy and providing enhanced employment prospects.”

It added that the proposed physical works are considered “appropriate for the listed building”.

“The scheme retains the significant elements of the exterior and interior without major harmful alteration. The potential limited harm caused by some of the alterations has been weighed against the intention to bring this vacant, grade II*-listed building back into full, beneficial use and will enable the public to have the opportunity to visit the building and, on balance, are considered acceptable.”

14th June 2019