Vacant Vauxhall offices earmarked for residential conversion

Vacant offices at Liverpool’s Vauxhall Business Centre could be converted into houses in multiple occupation (HMO) if approved next week.

The three-storey Vauxhall Road building is also home to a ground floor convenience store and café and an undercroft providing a shared car park, a Nerf play centre, indoor paintballing, vehicle repairs and a gym.

An application by Stone Maker Properties to create the new residential use at the site will be considered by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee during its meeting on 26 June.

Proposals include two HMOs comprising 16 en suite bedrooms as well as a communal lounge and a kitchen serving each unit.

A document to be considered by the planning committee says: “The applicant has submitted details of how the site has been unsuccessfully marketed for B1 office space (either as one unit, or two separate units split across the two floors).

“Despite the flexibility in how the site was marketed, the owner noted there was no interest, until the current tenant agreed to let the building for this proposal.”

It adds: “Given the level of advertisement this site has received and the length of time it has been vacant (since December 2010), the head of planning is satisfied there is no prospect of it coming forward for employment uses and therefore this proposal to convert it should be considered favourably.”

Under the plans the external finish of the building, which is said to currently be “in a poor state of repair,” would be updated.

The planning document explains: “The applicant seeks to include Western Red Cedar Cladding to the front and side elevations, above the existing large expanses of concrete.

“The building is not considered to have distinctive features which require retention. The head of planning considers the proposed cedar cladding would break up the expanse of glazing and would reflect the traditional red brick finish of nearby buildings.”

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