A new £10 million boutique hotel could be built at Beetham Plaza in Liverpool under new plans.
Elliot Group wants to relocate a distinctive hydraulic water fountain created by Cammell Laird workers to make way for the development.
The Liverpool firm has announced its acquisition of the long leasehold interest in Beetham Plaza for an undisclosed sum.
The mixed-use development overlooking The Strand includes 42 apartments, restaurants Etsu and Silk Road, a 4,500 sq ft office occupied by a local law firm and an underground car park.
The square is also home to Richard Huws’ Piazza Fountain, a hydraulic structure that uses kinetic energy to fill a series of buckets with water.
Elliot Group is seeking permission to re-site the installation to enable the development of a new boutique hotel on the east side of the plaza.
Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group says: “Beetham Plaza remains one of the most successful residential developments on Liverpool’s waterfront but the public square behind needs more animation and life to support its commercial tenants.
“If we re-site the fountain it will enable us to develop a new hotel and new ground floor restaurant and café space whilst investing in the public realm and a new lighting scheme.
“It’s a great piece of engineering but it’s hidden in this part of the business district and deserves a more visible location so that more people can enjoy it.”
Lawless adds that he’d welcome ideas from the public on where to site the fountain and confirmed that Elliot Group will meet all costs associated with its relocation.
The proposed hotel development, if granted planning permission, would be managed by Liverpool-based EPIC.