An ‘iconic’ Grade II-listed Liverpool building opposite St George’s Hall is to be returned to use as a hotel under new plans.
North Western Hall next to Liverpool Lime Street station was originally part of the founding family of ‘grand railway hotels’ alongside The Midland in Manchester and St Pancras in London.
In recent years the former the North Western Hotel has been used as student accommodation after being bought by Liverpool John Moores University in 1996.
North West-based contractor and developer Worthington Properties now plans to return the building to use as a hotel, with leisure specialists Jenics briefed to secure a new operator.
Jenics anticipates North Western Hall will attract interest from budget and apart-hotel operators through to full service providers.
Jeremy Collins, director of Jenics, says: “The hotel market in Liverpool has developed significantly over the last three years, largely due to both the growing popularity of the city’s tourist and leisure market and an improving commercial sector.
“The plans for accommodation are suitable for all types of operators, with room numbers ranging from 180 for full service and up to 230 limited service budget providers.
“As a purpose built hotel, retuning this iconic site to an hotel operation is an efficient refurbishment exercise that adds to the cost effectiveness and speed of delivery of the site.
“With the property in excellent condition and a supportive city council behind the proposals we are expecting high levels of interest.”
Now in the ownership of the Worthington Group, it’s expected North Western Hall will be returned to its former status as a hotel by mid-2019.