Plans to convert part of a unique listed building in Liverpool’s commercial district into a new restaurant have been revealed.
The proposals for 16 Cook Street, which is home to well-established Liverpool art gallery Editions, have been given the green light by the council.
Olwen McLaughlin, director of Editions and owner of the building, is behind the plans which will see the lower ground floor and basement transformed.
According to the planning application, the scheme proposes no changes to the current layout or the existing “heritage fabric” of the six-storey building.
Editions will not be closing to make way for the new restaurant.
Devised by local architect and engineer Peter Ellis who also designed Oriel Chambers on Water Street, the Grade II*-listed 16 Cook Street was built in 1866. The buildings both boast a metal-framed glass curtain wall – the first two structures in the world to have such a feature.
It’s believed that Ellis’ work influenced famous Chicago architect John Wellborn Root in his work on early skyscrapers.