A Grade II-listed Victorian office building in Liverpool’s commercial district could be converted into homes and a café under new plans.
An application has been submitted to Liverpool City Council to ‘repair, restore and adapt’ 19 Castle Street, which was purpose-built in the late 19th Century as a commercial premises for the Scottish Equitable Life Assurance Society.
The building, which currently comprises vacant office space on its upper three floors and reduced occupied areas on the first and ground floor, also has a Greggs Bakers and the now vacant Skinny Malin health food outlet on either side of the main entrance.
If given the go ahead, the plans would see the creation of a new café in the former Skinny Malin unit, along with one, two and three-bedroom apartments across the first, second, third and fourth floors.
According to a document by Brock Carmichael, the architect for the proposals, the conversion of the building would “contribute to the neighbourhood which has already developed in the vicinity and begun the revitalise the area”.
The planning application adds: “In all such circumstances the significance of the building element and historic detail is to be respected and wherever feasible retained.
“Existing features and decorative elements which will give character to the proposed new apartments are to be retained as much as possible and the existing fireplaces are to be retained to provide points of interest to apartments within which they occur.”