New plans have been submitted to Liverpool council to convert the historic Martins Bank building into the city’s first five-star hotel.
The city centre building has been the subject of attempts to transform it into a luxury hotel for some time, but now it looks as though progress has stepped up a gear with the latest planning application submitted this week.
The original plans to convert Martins Bank into a 138-bedroom hotel were approved by city planners 12 months ago.
But delays to work on the scheme – which was due to begin last autumn – had led to fears the conversion would not happen.
However in June, managing director at developers Castlewood Bernard Byrne, confirmed to the Liverpool Echo that he still wanted to turn the building into a five-star hotel.
Now the updated proposal, which will see the hotel include almost 100 extra rooms, has been submitted.
While details are limited, an overview of the scheme requests permission for a “change of use to change existing office building into 227 bedroom 5 star hotel with associated bars, restaurants, and spa.”
The £40m hotel is expected to include two restaurants, three bars, a spa, and conference and banqueting rooms.
Many of the Grade II-listed bank’s original features will also be retained, with the main dining area enclosed within the horseshoe-shaped tellers’ counter and the original writing desks kept.
Barclays closed the branch about six years ago and the banking hall has remained empty since.