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Apartment plan for Liverpool’s Queen Avenue offices

Plans to convert vacant offices on Queen Avenue in Liverpool city centre into apartments have been revealed.

Proposals submitted by the Braithwaite Group include alterations to three buildings in the Victorian passageway which runs between Dale Street and Castle Street.

The trio of buildings – Royal Insurance Building, Queen Insurance Building and 2-14 Queen Avenue – are all either Grade II or Grade II* listed.

The new flats will be spread across all three floors of the buildings, although the ground floor offices at the Royal Insurance Building and Queen Insurance Building are not included in the application.

All proposed apartments will contain a kitchen/lounge area, bathroom/en suite and separate bedrooms.

The demolition of certain existing internal walls to make space for proposed areas in flats is also detailed.

A document included with a planning application for the project reads: “The reduction in the demand for this type of commercial space has resulted in an oversupply within the Liverpool market.

“This property has been under occupied for an extensive period of time and this proposal to convert the building from vacant commercial office to 15 residential apartments will ensure its long-term viability and the maintenance of the building and its historic fabric.

“The design for the conversion to residential seeks to protect and enhance significant and key elements of the building’s historic fabric.

“It is our intention to restore and expose elements of original fabric where possible within the main bedrooms and living space so that they are visible and can be enjoyed by the occupants.”