PLANS for a new restaurant and hotel in an historic nine storey Liverpool building have been revealed, detailing a leisure complex which will also include a cinema.
Merepark and Capital and Counties, the joint venture partners and new owners of the Grade II listed building, are according to reports in the Liverpool Echo planning to spend £105million on the site, which is currently operated by Vergo Retail Limited as department store Lewis’s.
If work does begin on the 420,000 sq ft building in Ranelagh Street, it’s expected to create around a 1,000 jobs for the local area.
Liverpool City Council, England Heritage and Liverpool Vision have all worked with the potential buyers on the plans.
Quoted in the Echo, Ian Jones from Merepark said: “We’ve developed a scheme which will preserve the character of Lewis’s with the key historical features being retained.
“Internally, customers will recognise the main entrance staircases and fluted columns and many other original features as they are retained or given new use within the scheme.
“We’ve worked closely with the local conservation officer to preserve and conserve some of the building’s hidden gems.
"The Festival of Britain tiles in the caf? will be retained within the hotel’s restaurant and plaster works from the ladies hair salon will be relocated to the building management suite.
“We also revealed some original timber panelling from the Mersey Room and will be integrating that into the hotel’s conference facilities.”