• Gostins

Revealed: First look at proposed Gostins hotel on Hanover Street

The first images of a planned hotel transformation of the Gostins Building on Hanover Street have been revealed.

Proposals from applicant Hanover Holding for the retail arcade also include a ground floor restaurant, private apartments and a rooftop terrace.

According to plans submitted to Liverpool City Council, the hotel would occupy the ground floor to the sixth floor of the existing building – providing 154 rooms.

A new four-storey roof extension is also proposed which would include “spacious” self-contained apartments. In total, 47 residential units are planned for the scheme.

It’s envisaged that the ground floor restaurant would used by the public, as well as guests and apartment residents.

Image of proposed rooftop terrace © Studio RBA

Hanover Holding was awarded planning consent for a similar scheme in August 2017. The original application included no provision for apartments or a roof extension.

A document included with the new application explains that the proposed hotel operator requires “precisely 154 bedrooms”, which would leave the seventh floor of the building vacant under the old plans.

The document adds: “To ensure the sustainable use of that [seventh] floor, this application proposes its change of use to form 11 apartments. The cost of refurbishing, repairing and converting the building into a hotel is excessive and unaffordable/unviable.

“To enable the works to be completed, an upward extension is proposed, to create a further 36 apartments.

“These new build apartments will cross-subsidise the cost of the remainder of the works, rendering the project as a whole viable and deliverable.”

External view of proposed project © Studio RBA

Proposed visuals of the hotel/apartments included with the planning application show ‘NYX’ signage. NYX Hotels is part of the Fattal Group which has 38 hotels and 10,000 rooms under its management across Israel. The chain also owns and manages 130 Leonardo-branded hotels in Europe.

According to its website, NYX currently has hotels in Tel Aviv, Prague and Milan, with new locations coming soon in Herzliya (Israel), Munich and Madrid.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

Lawrence is a journalist at Move Publishing. He can be contacted via email at lawrence@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.