Liverpool’s Fruit Exchange hotel wins approval


The Grade-II listed vacant Fruit Exchange in Liverpool is to be transformed into a new hotel, as renovation plans are given the go ahead.

A proposal for a new 85-bedroom hotel was first submitted to Liverpool City Council in September 2019 by JSM Group, led by Jamie Motlagh, who operates a number of popular bars in the city.

Now the historic four-storey building on Victoria Street, built in 1888, will be completely refurbished, with two former exchange halls restored and historic auction rooms given a new lease of life.

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A document included with the proposals read: “The main aim of the design is to bring life back in to a once very important building, this is to be achieved by restoring and redeveloping the existing and creating a luxury hotel in an important part of the city centre.”

The property was originally used a railway goods depot before being converted into the Fruit Exchange in 1923 by J.B Hutchins, designer of the Royal Court Theatre.

CBRE is the planner for the project and Wroot Design is the architect.

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