An aparthotel and retail space is being lined up to “further the economic development” of Liverpool’s Renshaw Street after being approved.
YPG Developments has been granted planning permission to bring the new facilities to a vacant part of the city’s former Rapid hardware store.
Designed by Day Architecture, the 114 serviced apartments will also be accompanied by a gym, cycle store, laundry room and reception behind the existing building’s distinctive façade.
A new five-storey block will be set back from the façade allowing the creation of a roof terrace before the building steps back again with an additional two storeys.
The approval by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee yesterday (27 June) is said to come after detailed talks between the developer, Liverpool City Council and Historic England.
Emily Roberts, senior planner at Knight Frank which has helped YPG secure the planning permission, says: “We have been involved in the scheme from an early stage to find the best solution for the site which has an existing heritage building, is next to the Duke Street Conservation Area and sits in the World Heritage Site buffer zone.
“This scheme retains the character while at the same time creating a high quality aparthotel and new retail facilities at street level to invigorate this important part of the city centre.”
YPG managing director, Ming Yeung adds: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission for this development on Renshaw Street. The proposed use will not only further the economic development of the area by bringing an active use to a currently vacant site but will also enhance the living environment of the immediate and surrounding area.”