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Decision day for proposed Bling Building hotel conversion

Plans to convert Liverpool city centre’s Bling Building into a new hotel could take a major step forward next week.

Proposals to turn the distinctive Hanover Street site, originally commissioned by Herbert Howe for his hairdressing and training salon, into the 33-bed accommodation will go before Liverpool City Council’s planning committee on 18 June.

Signature Living is behind the project, having acquired the building from Herbert’s in 2016, and is looking to create a bar and restaurant at ground and mezzanine levels alongside the upper floor bed spaces which will feature across 18 multi-occupancy hotel suites.

According to a document to be considered by the committee: “The applicant considers the multi-occupancy room model will provide a new tourism offer to the city as it will serve a multitude of visitor groups that are not catered for sufficiently within the existing hotel provision.”

The sixth floor roof level of the building, which was developed as part of the wider Liverpool ONE masterplan, would also be enclosed to provide a rooftop bar for the hotel with a glazed rooftop extension.

Meanwhile treatment rooms are being lined up for the basement to enable hotel guests to enjoy spa treatments.

One wider Liverpool resident has raised concerns over the impact a rooftop extension would have on the landmark contemporary building, however the council document suggests “the transparent, light-weight design, set back behind the existing parapet and projecting 1.3 metres in height will not detract from the architectural merit and unique appearance of this iconic building”.

Recommending the scheme for approval subject to conditions, the report adds: “The proposed conversion will regenerate the building and contribute to the local economy and will contribute towards a complimentary and sustainable mix of uses, in a highly accessible location.”

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