Liverpool aparthotel set for green light

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UK: Liverpool City Council is expected to approve the conversion of 62 Duke Street into a 25-unit aparthotel.

The scheme, at the former home of Le Bateau nightclub, has been designed by Keith Davidson Partnership on behalf of applicant Rockmount PS. Liath Heritage and planning consultant Edward Landor Associates are also on the professional team.

A three-storey late 1700s townhouse extended over time, the building is already in use as serviced apartments following its conversion from the nightclub and basement bar Down the Hatch.

The applicant is proposing to reconfigure the internal layout into 25 self-contained studio apartments, and said it will invest in both the existing central courtyard and reinstate a historic courtyard space.

Part of the scheme involves the reorganisation of timber floor heights in the larger rear annexe building. KDP said in addition that the project will reinstate closed-up windows and “reshape apertures poorly altered through unqualified changes”.

Two aparthotels have been approved in the last three years nearby, including a 36-unit scheme next door at 60 Duke Street, also designed by KDP. Another aparthotel sits further up Duke Street, on the other side of Rude Liverpool.

Liverpool’s planning committee meets on 31 August.

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