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Elliot Group acquires Liverpool site for boutique hotel

A 116-room boutique hotel could add a £20 million expansion to Elliot Group’s Wolstenholme Square development.

The firm has acquired a former surface car park on Seel Street in Liverpool city centre and is said to be concluding negotiations with a ‘well-known hotel operator’ for the proposed accommodation, which would include a rooftop pool and spa.

Designs for the project, which are still subject to final review, have been put together by Falconer Chester Hall and a planning application is expected to be submitted to Liverpool City Council by early March.

Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group says: “We’re participating in a design workshop with Liverpool City Council this week to test our assumptions and see if we can collectively identify improvements.  It’s a really interesting design, particularly internally, as it will give the operator the flexibility to offer both single rooms or serviced suites.

“The hotel will offer the city’s first rooftop pool and spa and our proposed operator is perfect for this neighbourhood, which is funky and intensely urban.  We expect to conclude negotiations with them shortly.”

The proposed hotel would back on to block B of the £40m mixed-use Wolstenholme Square development, which is now underway to create apartments, cafes, shops, offices and a subterranean music venue. It is also 20 yards away from a new passageway being created from the square through to Seel Street.