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Five new permissions in Merseyside

We are celebrating several recent successes across Merseyside, having secured planning permission for North Western Halls Hotel, Digital Innovation Factory, Land at Allerton Road, Municipal Buildings and Liverpool Road over the course of the last few weeks.

We are delighted to be able to play our part in delivering continued growth and regeneration across the Liverpool City Region.

North Western Halls Hotel

Acting on behalf of Worthington Properties our heritage and planning team secured planning permission and listed building consent to convert the grade II listed North Western Halls to hotel use for occupation by Radisson Red. 

North Western Halls was originally constructed in 1867-71 under French Renaissance designs by Alfred Waterhouse as the station hotel to serve Lime Street Station. It remained in hotel use until 1933 before subsequent use as offices and, more recently, student accommodation for Liverpool John Moores University.

The proposed development will return the building to its originally intended use, better revealing a number of historic architectural features. It will introduce an international operator delivering only the second Radisson Red hotel in the UK. A total of 202 bedrooms will be created with associated bar, restaurant, gym and events space.

Digital Innovation Factory

The Digital Innovation Factory is a new state-of-the-art university research and development facility that will provide a centre of excellence for virtual reality and simulation technology, and complementary areas of research within computer science and engineering. The provision of four dedicated autonomous robotics laboratories will provide the environment for collaborative research and development between the university and business including its partner organisations.

Our planning and heritage teams worked closely with the university, the architects and the council, to secure planning permission for this exciting new building, which sits within the heart of the university campus.

Land at Allerton Road

Our multi-service team secured outline planning permission on behalf of Redrow Homes for a range of high-quality executive homes in Allerton in February 2018, following a public inquiry. Our planning team led the project and provided expert witness services, with support from Turley Design, Economics and Heritage Services. More recently, the ‘reserved matters’ for 100 dwellings on the site were approved by Liverpool City Council in early November 2018. The development will respond to significant demand for new family homes in south Liverpool, and construction is due to commence in early 2019.

Municipal Buildings

Acting on behalf of Fragrance Group, our heritage and planning team secured Liverpool City Council’s resolution to approve a new luxury four-star hotel at the grade II* listed former Municipal Buildings, subject to a Section 106 agreement. The resolution was made by the Planning Committee on 30 October, enabling the Singapore-based Fragrance Group to refurbish and extend the building to create a 185 bedroom hotel in the council’s former office on Dale Street, in Liverpool’s Castle Street Conservation Area and World Heritage Site.

The new hotel will offer a range of facilities, including a restaurant and bar, spa and gym with swimming pool, and function room and conference space.

Liverpool Road, Formby

Having successfully secured the removal of land from the Green Belt and allocation for housing development in the Sefton Local Plan, we recently received a resolution from the council to grant full planning permission for 304 homes at Liverpool Road, Formby on behalf of Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes. The development will provide a range of much needed market and affordable housing in the town.

Elsewhere in Merseyside

Alongside our recent successes, we have an extensive track record of high profile work across the region including the expansion of Anfield stadium, Cains Brewery, Great Homer Street redevelopment and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Our new base at Avenue HQ furthers our commitment to building upon our historic track record, servicing our current pipeline of projects and forming new relationships in the city.

For more information on our work across Merseyside please contact our team:

Planning: Mark Worcester or Sam Ryan

Heritage: Katy Lightbody or Jack Haw

11 December 2018

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