New student accommodation could be built at the heart of Liverpool’s Ropewalks district if a currently vacant site is transformed.
The Slater Street plot was previously home to a four-storey building which was demolished in the 1980s, and is now the subject of new plans.
An application which has been put forward to Liverpool City Council says owner Seel Street Properties Ltd has “aspirations to provide good quality student accommodation within the city centre”.
The firm’s proposals for the site, which neighbours The Watchmakers building, include a four-storey building incorporating two five-bedroom cluster units and three studio properties for students. An office are would also be included in the development.
Hope Street-based Smith Young Architecture has been working on the designs, and a planning document to be considered by the city council says: “The new building has been designed to respect and reflect the character of the individuality of the existing focal buildings, and following the traditional of these early/late Victorian buildings in their innovative use of traditional materials, but in a more modern contemporary manner.
“Proportions of windows and hierarchy reflects the existing and traditional. Composition detailing and treatment of materials are contemporary but recall the richness and complexity of the historic façade evident in the area.”