A former wellbeing and yoga centre on Liverpool’s Hope Street could be transformed into a new boutique hotel, as power player Signature Living applies for planning permission for a conversion.
The group, which boosts successful properties such as the Shankly Hotel and Cardiff’s Exchange Hotel, is looking to convert the Georgian terraced building into a new hotel complete with a standalone restaurant.
The developer, which acquired two buildings in Belfast earlier this year for hotel transformations, would create a hotel reception and eight bedrooms across the Hope Street venue’s other four floors.
Meanwhile the demolition of a garage to the rear of the building is also being proposed, making way for a new two-storey outbuilding which would house a further three bedrooms including one larger family room.
A document included within the application says: “Whilst larger than the original building on the site, the extension would be of a similar massing to the coach-house at the neighbouring property at 35 Hope Street.
“The extension will have a roof terrace to provide external space for hotel guests, accessed via an external staircase within the lightwell.”
It adds: “Finally, we have elected to create some additional space for guests within what was the ‘yard’ area of the building.
“At present this provides little usable space for the hotel, however by erecting a small extension we can create one additional hotel room and form lightwells to three of the ground floor hotel units as well as a glass skylight for the restaurant in the basement.”
Signature Living believes the plans are in keeping with the building’s Hope Street surroundings, which are also home to high end restaurants and hotels including London Carriage Works, 60 Hope Street and Hope Street Hotel.
The Liverpool-based company recently revealed plans to open a George Best themed hotel, following the acquisition of the Crumlin Road Courthouse and the Scottish Mutual building in Belfast. The company also noted that its latest financial figures saw pre-tax profits rocket over 250% year on year.