Developer ditches Liverpool hotel plan for student digs

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A developer has scrapped plans to turn a historic building in Liverpool into a boutique hotel, deciding instead to convert it into student digs.

Maghull Developments had planning approved to convert Hahnemann House on Hope Street into a boutique hotel, but scrapped the idea saying that the city’s hotel market was “saturated”, according to an article in Liverpool Daily Post.

Groups concerned with the preservation of Liverpool’s Georgian quarter were said to have met the news with disbelief, claiming that there were already up to 1000 student units in around 150m of the building.

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Maghull Developments’ managing director Sean McGurren was quoted: “We have an existing planning consent to convert the building into a boutique hotel but this project would have involved the construction of a modern, three-storey glazed atrium to connect the Hahnemann building with the adjacent listed Georgian town house at 58 Hope Street, and massive changes to the internal configuration of rooms and spaces.

“The new application will enable us to retain all the important internal features and character with minimal visible work to its fabric and structure,” he added.

The group hopes to tap into the overseas student market with the scheme, which will include 104 bedrooms built around the existing layout which was put in to accommodate the former homeopathic hospital’s wards and offices.

Rooms will be converted into self-contained studio flats, according to the report.

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