Accor aparthotel selected for Liverpool’s £1 billion Knowledge Quarter

George Sell By George Sell
02 November 2018 | Updated 02 November 2018

UK: Accor Hotels will bring a joint Novotel hotel and aparthotel to Liverpool city council’s £1 billion Paddington Village scheme in the city’s Knowledge Quarter.

The £35 million development, which will include a 160-key Novotel hotel and 60-key upscale aparthotel, will be operated by Legacy Hotels & Resorts and will be the first combined hotel and aparthotel from Accor Hotels in the region.

Located opposite the new Royal Liverpool Hospital, the 18-storey tower will be designed by Ryder Architecture, and will include a reception foyer and atrium with multi-purpose conference and event facilities, function bar, restaurant and executive bar lounge, fitness suite and meeting rooms.

Subject to planning approval it is anticipated construction, to be undertaken by Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure, will begin in summer 2019 and be completed in 2021 with the build supporting 400 construction jobs - two thirds of which will be recruited from the local labour supply chain.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: "I'm delighted we've selected Accor Hotels to be the brand partner for the Paddington Village hotel. This will be a landmark venue for KQ Liverpool and we need a quality brand and operator to deliver the hotel. I'm also thrilled at how many Liverpool businesses are involved in its design and construction - this will truly be an iconic landmark for the city, by the city and echoes everything we are aiming to achieve in Paddington Village to underpin the city's position as a world leading innovation district."

"Paddington Village is attracting huge international attention with the prestigious roster of names signed up to the scheme and it already has a hallmark for excellence. This new hotel will reflect that status from its design through to its service and I'm confident once complete it will be a hotel the city will be proud of," he added.

Colin Sinclair, CEO of KQ Liverpool, said: "When Accor showed us their stylish new Novotel at Canary Wharf in London, we knew it was the iconic presence we needed for this landmark site. It is yet more evidence of the growing importance of Liverpool as a world-class destination for culture, tourism, sport, education and business, creating jobs for the people of Liverpool and adding to the city's already vibrant hotel scene."

Barry Roberts, managing director at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure in the north, said: "This announcement is the latest key stage of the development of what will be a pivotal element of the Knowledge Quarter, and we are looking forward to working with Novotel and the wider project team to make their ambitious plans for this hotel a reality. One of the most rewarding aspects of our work at Paddington Village is the positive impact it has on the wider city, and we will continue to ensure our ongoing presence benefits the regional economy through the incorporation of local businesses in our supply chain, as well as creating jobs and training opportunities for local people."

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