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Guestrooms created from prisoner cells in new plans submitted for courthouse conversion

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Visitors to Liverpool could have the chance to sleep in a bedroom that was once a cell for prisoners if a plan for a new hotel is given the green light.

A proposal to transform the former magistrates court building in Liverpool has been submitted, which would see court rooms converted into function rooms and prisoner cells into luxury bedrooms.

The old magistrate’s and judge’s offices would also be turned into rooms, while a number of ‘themed’ short-stay bedrooms could be introduced as well.

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The building on Dale Street would be given a new lease of life as a ‘high-end’ boutique hotel, with a new bar and restaurant, function rooms and gym.

Liverpool-based architects, YPG Projex is heading up the proposal, and if approved, work could begin in early 2020, and take around a year to complete.

Once finished, the new venture would be named the Courthouse Hotel.

In the design statement which accompanies the application, the developers said they were aiming to “respect the building’s history, without being smothered by it.”

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.

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