Liverpool’s Municipal Building set for hotel conversion

UK: Liverpool’s Municipal Building, a unique grade-II listed building in the heart of the city, will be converted into a 180-bed boutique hotel.

Koncept ID has been appointed by The Fragrance Group, who own hotels in Manchester, Devon and Bath, to lead the design.

The building was initially constructed to house Liverpool’s growing number of administrative council staff in 1868. Its architecture is influenced by Italian and French renaissance styles and was meant to convey the growing wealth of the city.

Designers will take lead on the project, working alongside contractor Russel WBHO to restore a series of original features. The renovation is slated to cost £35 million.

Lead designer Jenny Denton said: “The Municipal Building is truly magnificent, and the potential was clear from our very first visit. The design focuses on breathing new life into original features, restoring the building to its former glory while injecting a good dose of sophisticated elegance. The new hotel will bring an exciting destination to Liverpool and with such a rich heritage, it’ll be a must-visit for locals and tourists alike.”

Hotel Municipal, the development’s projected name, is due for completion in late 2022. It will feature a tea room, cocktail bar, spa, restaurant and a pool.

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