A plan to convert the former magistrates court in Liverpool into 90-bedroom boutique hotel looks set to be approved by the city’s councillors.
Liverpool-based architects YPG Projex submitted plans at the end of last year to transform the site into the Courthouse Hotel, with old courtrooms converted into function rooms and former prisoner cells turned into bedrooms.
YPG Projex is bidding to create a new ‘high-end’ four-star hotel within the building on Dale Street, which has been closed since 2015.
The hotel would also include a gym, bar and restaurant with a seperate entrance and a selection of ‘themed bedrooms’ in cells based around former prisoners and famous judges.
Plans have been recommended for approval at a planning meeting next week, and if given the go ahead, construction on Courthouse Hotel could begin in early 2020 and take around 12 months to complete.
Planning officers say the hotel plans fit with wider aspirations to transform Dale Street and the surrounding commercial area into a “historic downtown neighbourhood” that could attract visitors from all round the world.
The Grade II-listed former magistrates’ court building was boarded up and has become increasingly dilapidated since the service moved to the Crown Court complex in Derby Square in 2015.
It was subsequently put on the market by the Ministry of Justice, with an asking price of around £2m.
Merseyside Police said in 2015 that it wanted to buy the building to turn it into a dog training centre. But in 2016 it said that was no longer the plan.