FIRST LOOK: ALOFT Liverpool

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With the opening of Aloft Liverpool set for October this year, we get a sneak peak at the changes and find out what were the key factors to influence the way of the design.

Aloft Liverpool will feature 116 loft-like guest rooms and Aloft Hotel’s signature W XYZSM bar, an atmospheric public space where guests can mix and mingle, read the paper, work on laptops, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends.

The 110-year-old building will retain much of the original Neo-Baroque architecture, with the interior transformed to offer cutting-edge design with ultra-comfy beds, oversized showers and plenty of tech-savvy features.

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Aloft Liverpool will be home to chic and spacious rooms, featuring Aloft’s signature ceilings of nearly three metres high, oversized windows and comfortable platform beds. Guests will be able to enjoy large walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads and complimentary Bliss Spa bath amenities.

Duration of project:
Balfour Beatty started on site in June 2013, with the hotel opening in October 2014. They’re looking to be finished on the re-development of the hotel by the end of October 2014.

What work was included?
This project involved the design, refurbishment and conversion of an existing Grade II-listed office building, originally built for the Royal Insurance Company, into a 116 bedroom hotel, meeting rooms, bar, and kitchen facilities for the Starwood Hotel Group, Aloft brand, including all associated mechanical and electrical installations.

Balfour Beatty’s work included: Internal strip out of existing office arrangement; Dormer extension to the Princes Street Elevation to create additional floor space at 5th and 6th floors; Re-roofing the building using traditional methods with English Heritage grant; Restoration and cleaning to the external façade including windows, to the satisfaction of Liverpool City Council Conservation Office; Introduction of a new lift to the rear of the hotel, projecting outside the existing façade line; Restoration of the existing timber and ornate plaster works within the ground floor, 1st floor meeting rooms and rotunda spaces; Restoration of the whole ground floor timber work and ornate plaster; Conversion of the ground floor to both hotel lobby and restaurant; Construction and fit out of 116 bedrooms with corresponding ensuite bedrooms around the existing steel and masonry frame; Restoration and retention of historic internal wall fabric.

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