200-key aparthotel set for Liverpool's Duke Street

UK: Henry Space Developments is set to build an aparthotel which will include the conversion of four terraced houses and a new-build extension on Liverpool’s Duke Street.

The development is set to be approved by planners, and will be the latest in a series of hotel developments to come forward in the area.

The proposals by architect Falconer Chester Hall for a building, which will be partly four storeys, and partly eight, linked to four existing listed Georgian houses between 118 and 126 Duke Street.

Planning permission was previously granted for a residential scheme of 151 apartments, but the fresh proposals are being brought forward following interest from a hotel operator, which will take on the site subject to planning consent.

FCH's proposals include a new-build element which sits on the corner of Kent Street and Henry Street; this will link to the grade two-listed terraces which will be refurbished to provide aparthotel units. These are divided between 13 accessible rooms, 47 one-bedroom apartments, and 140 studios. At lower ground and ground floor level, there will be a gym, office, and concierge.

Liverpool City Council's planning committee is due to discuss the proposal at a meeting next week with officers putting forward a recommendation for approval, subject to a legal agreement. Planning officers said: "The hotel proposal will facilitate the viable re-use of valued heritage assets, and also enable the efficient regeneration of a long-term urban brownfield site, and in doing so create a vibrant and inviting local environment."

Close to the scheme, 151-155 Duke Street is currently being converted into an Epic Aparthotel.

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