Hotel and homes plan for Liverpool’s Duke Street

A ROW of derelict buildings in Liverpool’s historic Rope Walks area is to be converted into a hotel and two town houses.
Liverpool Council has approved plans for the hotel in Duke Street, but is rejecting a multi-storey car park joined to the development.
Duke Street Developments, which is behind the 100 bedroom hotel, which backs onto Parr Street, said it was hoping to start as soon as possible.
The company is currently looking for an operator after talks stalled with Travelodge. Director of the Windsor-based company David Bradley said the original plan had been to create 42 apartments on the site, but the scheme had been abandoned due to the credit crunch.
Similarly, the adjoining site, a former NCP multi-storey car park, was originally set to become a seven- storey apartment block. But that too was scrapped due to the property crash, although the permission is active,
and could still be built. Liverpool Developments, who own the site, had hoped to create a new five-storey car
park, with commercial space in the ground floor. Planners said the new car park did not fit in with planning policies, which have changed since the residential block was given permission in 2003. It is currently being used as a surface car park.
Tony Trigg, from Liverpool Developments, said he wanted to study why the car park was being refused before commenting.
Both developments are backed by the Royal Bank of Scotland and it had been hoped both could be delivered as a joint venture.
Work has already started on internal alterations to the two Grade II listed houses at 135 and 137 Duke Street. Mr Bradley said: “No one is keener than I am to build this project out.
“We first looked at Liverpool in 2004 and were encouraged by what we saw.
“We were all set to go and then the property crash happened.
“We had to re-think our plans a little bit.”
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