Developer submits trio of hotel applications

The Heap's Mill scheme

Developer Elliot Group is to submit a trio of planning applications beginning today, Friday, August 16, as plans are revealed to deliver three new hotels in Liverpool.

The company says it is “concluding negotiations” with an international hotelier to bring a new four-star brand to the city at its Park Lane development site, which includes the famous Heap’s rice mill.

As a result, it is seeking permission to amend the current permission to change a residential block to a 260 key hotel.

“Less than a month after we bought the site we’ve already made significant progress,” said Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group.

“We’ll shortly begin work on a range of remedial actions to protect the fabric of the old mill building whilst we take our plans forward.

“We’ll be removing plant growth and addressing some structural issues in preparation for the building’s complete refurbishment.”

The developer also revealed that it is seeking an amendment to its £100m Aura scheme, currently on site on the northern boundary of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.

It is seeking permission to scrap a consented 142-unit apartment block and replace it with a 278 key hotel.

In addition, it will be asking permission to reduce the amount of underground car parking and change some of the façade treatments to its consented 116 key hotel on Norfolk Street, opposite Queen’s Dock, following a request from the new operator, Epic Hotels.

Elliot Group recently developed the new Seel Street Hotel in Liverpool’s historic Ropewalks neighbourhood for Epic.

“Liverpool’s hotel sector is booming and these changes reflect market demand,” said Mr Lawless.

“Occupancy is heading towards 85% and revpar has never been higher, and so the city needs new supply, particularly around the Knowledge Quarter and in Baltic, where there is chronic under-supply.”

The first two blocks of the Aura development, providing more than a thousand student homes, are currently under construction through Liverpool contractor Vermont.

The scheme, as well as all three proposed hotels, has been designed by the Liverpool studio of architects Falconer Chester Hall.