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Restaurant and office plan for listed Duke Street warehouse

Plans to transform a Grade II-listed warehouse on Duke Street into a restaurant and offices have been revealed.

An applicant with a “proven track record of delivering high quality mixed-use schemes across the city” is behind the proposals for Humyak House.

John Hughes of D St Commercial Limited has submitted the plans to transform the building into a “quality mixed-use office and leisure development”.

If given the go-ahead, the ground floor and basement would house a restaurant/bar, with the first to fourth floors converted for office use.

According to a document included with the planning application, the warehouse will be fully restored, with alterations kept to a minimum.

The document, created on behalf of the applicant by Architectural Emporium, adds: “It is our intention to create an extremely high quality mixed-use office and leisure development within the confines of the existing building.

“To achieve this we will fully restore the existing fabric in accordance with good conservation practice and keep alterations to a minimum, restricted to those, which are necessary to bring the building to a point where it can house a contemporary use.

“Both the leisure uses and office uses have the added advantage of being predominately ‘open plan’ which fits extremely well with the nature of the original warehouse and allows the building to be read in its entirety on all floors.

Inside the warehouse (Credit: Architectural Emporium)

“Our design and client team believe that the existing listed warehouse is of the upmost importance and therefore our main priority is to restore the original status of that building.”

Built in 1864, the former Duke Street warehouse near the junction with Hanover Street was last used as a joinery workshop up until around 2004.

Awarded Grade II-listed status in 2008, Historic England describes the building as: “A relatively unspoiled example of a mid-19th Century warehouse that still retains its original plan form, timber floors, cast iron columns, stairs and many of its original cast iron window and door shutters.

“It is a good example of a relatively small warehouse built at the time of Liverpool’s ascendancy to a port of international significance. It further enhances Liverpool’s already significant warehouse population.”

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