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North Western Hall hotel project submitted



Marcus Worthington Group has applied for planning permission to convert the grade two-listed building next to Liverpool’s Lime Street station back into a hotel.

The building closed as a hotel 80 years ago, and the developer has worked with architect Leach Rhodes Walker on a £30m project to redevelop it into a 202-bedroom hotel with bar, restaurant, gym and meeting rooms.

An international hotel operator has been lined up to take on the building, subject to planning consent, with Worthington hopeful of announcing the deal later this summer. The intention is for an opening date in 2020.

Designed by Sir Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1871, what was known as the North Western Hotel was used as office space following its closure as a hotel in 1933.

For the last 22 years it has been used as student accommodation, until Worthington acquired the property from Liverpool John Moores University earlier this year.

Russell Worthington, development director for Marcus Worthington Group, said: “The North Western was part of that great series of railway hotels which also included The Midland in Manchester and the St Pancras Midland in London.

“It’s a building deserving of its original intended purpose as a railway hotel and it will benefit the city to have it back in public use for people to enjoy after many decades of being used privately.

“We’re working with a high-quality hotel and lifestyle brand on this project, a brand that can add real energy to the area and improve the visitor experience.

“The project will preserve historical features of the hotel and, in some instances, restore features that were hidden during the building’s last refurbishment. It will help to conserve this important heritage asset for many more decades to come.”

The project team includes Turley as heritage and planning consultant, Fairhurst as structural consultant, Hoare Lea as M&E consultant, Fisher Acoustics, and Vectos as transport planner. Jenics was engaged in the bid to secure a hotel operator.
https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/north-western-hall-hotel-project-submitted/
 

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Nice project this and one of the benefits of the plethora of student developments in town. JMU have effectively been priced out of the accommodation market, with newer places offering better accommodation at competitive rates. They have seemingly just jumped ship and sold the asset on.

Having this as a hotel will mean visitors getting a great view of st George's hall, but locals being able to access more of the building itself.
 

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When do they start on the public realm improvements across St. George’s plateau?

We can only hope this encourages some more momentum in sorting lower London road, Natex and adjoining sites including the paramount. Total mess.
 

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The building closed as a hotel 80 years ago, and the developer has worked with architect Leach Rhodes Walker on a £30m project to redevelop it into a 202-bedroom hotel with bar, restaurant, gym and meeting rooms.

An international hotel operator has been lined up to take on the building, subject to planning consent, with Worthington hopeful of announcing the deal later this summer. The intention is for an opening date in 2020.

Designed by Sir Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1871, what was known as the North Western Hotel was used as office space following its closure as a hotel in 1933.
I'm amazed this building was used for it's intended purpose for only the first 62 years of it's existence.

One of Liverpool's most beautiful Victorian buildings. Excellent news that it's being reconverted back into a hotel at last :)

How it looked in 1894 -

 

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We should use this as our Kings Cross type hotel. A classic building adjoining the main railway station. Get the Adelphi back to what it used to be over the road and that's a big boost.

I think we need to be creating a better first impression for visitors arriving at Lime Street. This hotel being more prominent, St Georges Hall, a better public realm and an improved Lime Street with the refurbished ABC etc and even the maligned SL development with the retail offerings and increased footfall. It's been an eye sore for too long.
 

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My mother used to tell me how wonderful it had been when I was a child. She remembered it from when she was a child + when it was still a working hotel with guests going off to the liners..... the doorman would be in top hat + tails.
 

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Agreeing with the majority on here. This is great news for a fabulous building. I wonder if there is any room in the design to reopen the ground floor back to being a full integrated part of the station.

Equally, with the combination of this and the new hotel in the Lime Street development, will the Liner Hotel become surplus to requirements in a few years time. Thus as a longer term project opening up the opportunity to remove the constraints in expanding the north side of the station.
 

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I remember being so pleased when the student accomodation opened in this magnificent building, brought back into use this did seem like the only possible solution to prevent total dereliction at that time.

How times have changed!! for this to be restored to its original purpose seemed for many years a pipe dream and yet here we are, truly a bellwether moment.
 

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Agreeing with the majority on here. This is great news for a fabulous building. I wonder if there is any room in the design to reopen the ground floor back to being a full integrated part of the station.

Equally, with the combination of this and the new hotel in the Lime Street development, will the Liner Hotel become surplus to requirements in a few years time. Thus as a longer term project opening up the opportunity to remove the constraints in expanding the north side of the station.

Yes, Wetherspoons did an excellent job in restoring some of the grand rooms of the hotel's ground floor recently. However it would be nice if the whole property could be reintegrated and indeed connected to the station interior in addition to the current single entrance leading into Spoons.
 

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Agreeing with the majority on here. This is great news for a fabulous building. I wonder if there is any room in the design to reopen the ground floor back to being a full integrated part of the station.

Equally, with the combination of this and the new hotel in the Lime Street development, will the Liner Hotel become surplus to requirements in a few years time. Thus as a longer term project opening up the opportunity to remove the constraints in expanding the north side of the station.
It'll take a long old time for the Liner to become surplus to requirements. Hotel growth has been massive in recent years and the occupancy levels have actually increased.

We'd need to see a lot more hotels before the Liner fails to sustain itself.
 
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