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Old February 17th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #1181
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We know the airport one is confirmed as part of the Benmore scheme in Speke. I wonder where the two hotels around the universities will be? Hopefully one will be up London Rd way as it could do with the investment.
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Old March 1st, 2012, 07:25 PM   #1182
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Liverpool hoteliers keen to exploit golf’s appeal

GOLF is worth £30m a year to the region – but city hoteliers believe we have to raise our game and generate even more returns.

The region brands itself as England’s Golf Coast with 19 championship courses, including two of the top links in the UK at Royal Birkdale and Hoylake’s Royal Liverpool.

A British Open tournament, worth £70m of economic benefits in its own right, was staged at Royal Liverpool in 2006, drawing 230,000 visitors and a worldwide audience in what was described as “one of the finest Opens in living memory”.

Wirral, understandably, recognises golf’s worth in tourism and economic terms and this year Hoylake hosts the Ricoh Women’s British Open for the first time in September, followed next year by the 2013 Boys Amateur Championships at Royal Liverpool and Wallasey Golf Club in August, before the money-spinning Open returns again in 2014.

In between the flagship tournaments, tourism authority The Mersey Partnership (TMP) promotes the England’s Golf Coast brand around the world, particularly to golf-mad Sweden, Germany, France, Spain and the USA.

It also targets the city’s burgeoning sectors of conferencing and visiting cruise ship visits.

The latest available TMP figures show that in 2010 the Liverpool City Region attracted 95,000 visitors on golf breaks, generating a total spend of £30m for the Liverpool city region.

But Liverpool Hoteliers’ Association chair, and Hard Days Night Hotel general manager Mike Dewey, believes more should be done to exploit the opportunities.

“I don’t think we, as a city centre, tend to push this as well as we might. People tend to drive past the North West and go to Scotland and not think about here, and it is probably the richest coastline of courses in the UK,” he said.

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Old April 4th, 2012, 09:47 PM   #1183
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Latest attempt to restore historic office approved



A landmark building in Liverpool city centre which has seen numerous false dawns is set to become a hotel in a £12m scheme by Ashall Property.

Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the Royal Insurance Building on the corner of North John Street and Dale Street into a 116-bed hotel above restaurant and bar.

The scheme was designed by Liverpool architects Falconer Chester Hall. The building is Grade 2* listed. Original features such as the expansive ground floor general office and ornamental ceilings will be retained.

The property has been disused since the 1980s and on the national 'buildings at risk' register.

Roger Williams, director of Preston Brook-based investment and development company Ashall Property, commented: "To bring back to life this iconic Liverpool building will require careful and well co-ordinated construction works. FCH have designed a scheme fitting of the building's history and we are delighted to be the developer of this superb building which will provide a top quality niche hotel and meeting destination for the city."

Adam Hall, Managing Director of Falconer Chester Hall, said: "This is a project which we were extremely pleased to be asked to work on.

"We were aware of the building and its history, and we knew that any proposals needed to satisfy the demands of its location within a conservation area.

"Our aim has always been to produce a scheme that restores the building's status as a property of which the city can be rightly proud."

Work on the conversion is expected to start in December 2012 with completion around December 2013.

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Old April 4th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #1184
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Im not particularly happy that a nice building like that will become a hotel.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 11:07 PM   #1185
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I actually think it's perfect for a hotel. It is certainly not suited for office space any more. I hope his time the plan actually gets off he ground, because we've had many false dawns before.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #1186
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Im not particularly happy that a nice building like that will become a hotel.
Well it was either offices or a Hotel and I think a hotel would be great, But why is the Hotel operator not mentioned in the article.
Makes me less sure that it will go ahead than if one was mentioned.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 12:23 PM   #1187
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They don't have an operator yet as far as I know, that's why. Certainly none is mentioned in the planning docs, which is usually the case when an operator has been found.
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I asked about hotel operator but no name was forthcoming. They went a bit vague. Getting planning could be way of forcing a hotel agreement over the line - threat of someone else stepping in to take up the opportunity. However, decent hotel schemes usually have the hotelier on board pre-planning to sort spec of rooms etc.

Hotels are about the only show in town these days, however hotel management agreements are notoriously tricky deals to do, and hoteliers a bit barking like restaurant owners. Better a hotel than empty but need more detail to judge if will be a success.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 12:07 PM   #1189
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Old May 6th, 2012, 11:13 PM   #1190
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Old May 8th, 2012, 10:24 AM   #1191
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The Solna Hotel in Sefton Park, which has now been closed for a few months, in currently being converted into a residential alcohol recovery facility, run by the people who used to operate the Basement. Work is already underway and the idea is that the staff who are most "recovered" spend time working in the public cafe/restaurant fronting onto Sefton Park.
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The Solna Hotel in Sefton Park, which has now been closed for a few months, in currently being converted into a residential alcohol recovery facility, run by the people who used to operate the Basement. Work is already underway and the idea is that the staff who are most "recovered" spend time working in the public cafe/restaurant fronting onto Sefton Park.
No way! What a waste of such a beautiful house. There's already too many scum bag booze heads in the area
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Old May 9th, 2012, 04:54 PM   #1193
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No way! What a waste of such a beautiful house. There's already too many scum bag booze heads in the area
That's a bit unfair. Addicts have made mistakes and should be supported and congratulated for turning their lives around.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 09:16 AM   #1194
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That's a bit unfair. Addicts have made mistakes and should be supported and congratulated for turning their lives around.
It's not unfair at all. The area is littered and blighted by them and if you knew or lived in the area you'd understand. People do need help, but should get it somewhere else, L8 has done its fair share. This house should be apartments or another hotel. We need to bring the whole area up and ensure it continues to grow as a vibrant and investable area for residents and businesses.
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Actually, the neighbours are very supportive. They hated the hotel being there and said it, ironically, brought nothing but drunks there, staying in a business with a vested inrerest in selling then more. These residents don't want to be drunk and live amongst staff with a vested interest in keeping then sober.

They held a meet the neighbours meeting at which they got to see their plans

A similar thing happened when the Basement opened on Parr St. The local bars objected, when in fact it is tge bars that cause the crime and anti social behaviour.
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Actually, the neighbours are very supportive. They hated the hotel being there and said it, ironically, brought nothing but drunks there, staying in a business with a vested inrerest in selling then more. These residents don't want to be drunk and live amongst staff with a vested interest in keeping then sober.

They held a meet the neighbours meeting at which they got to see their plans

A similar thing happened when the Basement opened on Parr St. The local bars objected, when in fact it is tge bars that cause the crime and anti social behaviour.
You may think differently when they are pissed off their tits urinating on your house or knocking your bin over or scratching your car - and this is during the day
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That pretty much described many of the patrons of the Solna, judging by the comments of the neighbours.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 02:54 PM   #1198
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Liverpool’s Metropolitan pub could be turned into boutique hotel

PLANS were today announced to turn a well-known pub in a prominent city centre location into a new boutique hotel.

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The Metropolitan pub, in Berry Street, has been on the market for £650,000 since closing its doors more than a year ago.

It has now been sold to an unnamed Manchester investment company at below the asking price.

The buyer is expected to apply for a change of use of the premises to create a small boutique hotel.


Linda Boyle, of Manchester-based agent Christie & Co, which has been handling the sale, said: “We are delighted because it is a landmark building which has fallen into disrepair.

“It is good news it is going to be kept and brought back to its former glory. It is also good news for Liverpool that there is investment going into the city.”

Work has already started to make the building weatherproof.

If the application is successful, the hotel could be trading by the end of the year.

The Metropolitan, on the edge of Chinatown, was a popular haunt before its closure. The building also housed a “club above the pub” – the Lemon Lounge.

The pub has had a series of name changes, known at different times as Trader Jacks, Black Horse And Rainbow and the Brewery, from when it housed its own brewery.

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Developer plans to convert ex-Merseytravel HQ into aparthotel

MIDDLE England Developments, the student properties developer currently converting a number of sites in Liverpool, has exchanged contracts to buy the former Merseytravel buildings at Hatton Gardens for £1.8m.

The company, which is run by Nigel Russell, has already submitted plans to convert the building into a five-star aparthotel containing 51 serviced apartments which will be sold to investors under a similar model to its student properties.

The aparthotel will have a manager for the property,but also a general manager to offer guests a concierge-style service. The ground floor of the building will contain an entrance lobby and reception area with a bar within the central atrium, as well as six apartments.

At lower ground floor level, three more apartments will be built alongside a restaurant and management accommodation. In total, the building will have five three-bed, 43 two-bed and three one-bed apartments.

Mr Russell told TheBusinessDesk.com that the aparthotel, which will be known as the Richmond, will be brought forward by KDP architects, with whom the firm has worked on other schemes including the conversion of a former warehouse in Gradwell St and a paper mill at Henry St - both of which are being converted into student properties.

A decision on whether the project will be granted planning permission is due to be taken by the council's planning committee in August.

"We want it to look really bespoke. We're going really high end on the finishes," he said.

Mr Russell has bought the building following Merseytravel's recent move to the Mann Island scheme on Liverpool's waterfront. He said that he wanted to diversify away from the core student portfolio, where he has brought some 770 homes onto the market in the past two and-a-half years. He added that all of these had been pre-sold to investors, and that the bulk of them - including schemes at St Andrews' Place on Rodney St and the former fire station opposite the new Hatton Gardens hotel - will be complete by the start of the new academic year.

The St Andrews Place scheme is due to be topped out next week, with a concrete pour on the glass-domed sixth floor.

In December, the Liverpool Echo reported that Liverpool Council had been asked to look into whether Mr Russell's management company, Penlake, should be given a licence to run homes of multiple occupancy due to the fact that he had a prior conviction in the US for passport fraud and tax evasion.

However, it added that the council had been aware of Mr Russell's past, which has not proved to be a barrier to the council completing subsequent transactions with his business.

The St Andrew's Place development is taking place in the former St Andrew's Church building - a Grade II*-listed Scottish Presbytarian church designed by architect Sir John Foster which was sold by the council to Middle England Developments for £1 in November last year.

The council had only bought the building in 2008 following a £100,000 legal battle as it fell into disrepair and it had spent £150,000 on emergency repairs since.

"People have said that we've been given the asset for £1, but it wasn't an asset it was a liability," said Mr Russell. "It was costing the council thousands to maintain.

"We've spent £1.6m rebuilding the outside and inside the towers were crumbling. It's cost us £250,000 to get enough quality stone to rebuild them."

Once complete, the property will contain more than 100 rooms and an adjoining former Sunday school building will be converted into a restaurant known as Mackenzie's - after an engineer who, according to local legend, is said to be buried upright in a nearby pyramid-shaped tomb.

Mr Russell's firm has also recently bought a building further along Rodney St, No. 9, which it plans to convert into a new head office.

"We've got so many people dotted over the city I thought it would be nice to bring them all into one location," he added.

The firm has also recently completed the redevelopment of the Candia and Crete towers at Everton in north Liverpool and the Victoria Court student scheme in Liverpool.
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These guys really do get the job done. No doubt there's a bubble coming where they could end up going belly up. By which time they would have gone on to develop plenty of properties though, so the more the better.

Good to hear they are diversifying too, which could mean more of this type of investment across the city.

A bit of a shame that the building won't be used for commerical purposes, but the office market is struggling.

I wonder if this includes the manky newer extension or just the older building?
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