Plans have been submitted to repair and restore Orleans House, converting it into a 71-bedroom apartment complex.
Proposals by Bruntwood, in partnership with The Planning Studio (TPS), seek to change the building’s use from an office block into a single and two-bedroomed residential development, citing a gap in the market for the scheme that will include 13 basement car parking spaces and cycle storage.
Located on Edmund Street, the Grade II*-listed six-storey building will be completed restored and refurbished with aiming to provide one and two-bedroom dwellings explaining that only 8% and 25.3% of flats in Liverpool are of this configuration.
Colin Forshaw, head of property at Bruntwood, says: “We can confirm an application has been made to develop a residential scheme at Orleans House, which we hope will play a key role in wider plans to create a vibrant habitat in our cluster of buildings around the Cotton Quarter.
“We have long believed the leafy side streets of the commercial district lend themselves to desirable residential spaces, which in turn can provide a catalyst for an improved day and night economy in the area.”
Bruntwood aims to provide high-quality apartments to expand the city centre residential market for the growth in single and coupled young professionals moving into Liverpool, with Heritage England and the Liverpool City Council’s conservation officer involved in discussions.
Colin adds: “Our focus at Orleans House is to preserve the character of the building while providing a high-end city dwelling, but it would be inappropriate to comment further on the plans pending planning feedback.”