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Student development planned for well-known Chinese supermarket

Plans to replace a former Chinese supermarket in Liverpool city centre with student accommodation have been revealed.

Developer Fusion Students has submitted a planning application outlining its proposals for the old Hondo store on Upper Duke Street.

Hondo was put up for sale in 2017 when its directors decided to retire after 30 years of trading in Liverpool.

Fusion plans to provide a total of 430 student bedrooms – a mix of 149 studios and 281 cluster apartments.

According to the planning application submitted to Liverpool City Council, amenities will include a gym, cinema, dinner party rooms and karaoke/club.

How the student accommodation could look © Corstorphine & Wright Architects

A supporting document included with the application reads: “The site presents a huge opportunity to enhance both the urban fabric and public realm in this location, and has the potential to be a catalyst for further regeneration.

“The variety of accommodation proposed will attract undergraduate and post graduate students of all ages and nationalities, contributing to the vitality and diversity of the immediate area and city beyond, supporting existing and new local businesses alike.

“The site is well placed to serve the student population from The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).”

Fusion, which describes itself as the “perfect alternative to student halls in UK”, has developments in Cardiff and Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

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