A new plan to convert a Grade-II listed building in Liverpool into a new boutique hotel has been proposed by a local developer.
As part of a plan from Promenade Estates, the former regional headquarters for Pearl Assurance in Liverpool’s Queen Square would be transformed into a new 43-bedroom boutique, adjoining the city’s Marriott Hotel.
Dr Duncan’s pub on the ground floor of the building would be unaffected by the development and if given the green light would be the fifth hotel in the region developed by Promenade.
“It’s the perfect location for a high quality boutique offering,” said Promenade chairman Peter Hynd. “Those who visit the city for its architecture and culture will love the Alfred Waterhouse link and the fact that the Walker Art Gallery is over the road.
“We understand the regional hotel market and also the operational issues, having been active investors in all our hotel properties.”
The building’s original refurbishment was undertaken by the Liverpool studio of Falconer Chester Hall (FCH), which will also be retained to design the new hotel.
Alastair Shepherd from FCH added: “We know the building intimately and it’s been an enjoyable challenge re-casting it for hotel use. It’s elegant and contemporary and we’ll be sharing our design in due course.”