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Approval recommended for Magistrates’ Court hotel in Liverpool

Plans to convert the former Magistrates’ Court on Liverpool’s Dale Street into a new hotel have been recommended for approval.

Proposals for the four-star ‘Courthouse Hotel’ include 90 bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, function rooms and a gym.

A variety of room types have been lined-up – ranging from luxury suites in the old magistrates and judge’s offices to bespoke themed short stay bedrooms in the cells.

According to a document submitted alongside YPG Developments’ application, the themed bedrooms could be based around “infamous prisoners and famous judges, or infamous judges and famous prisoners”.

As part of the plans, the existing ground floor administration area would be converted into a spacious restaurant and bar with access to a landscaped courtyard garden.

Proposed bar and restaurant area.

Meanwhile four functions rooms are envisaged for the first floor, including one in court number two where plans suggest guests could be served food and drink via the same circulation system defendants once used.

A report recommending the plans for approval next Tuesday (12 March) reads: “The proposed hotel with ancillary bar, restaurant and function spaces presents the opportunity for the efficient re-use of an important listed building.

“The minimal external building intervention will preserve and enhance the significance of the listed buildings as designated heritage assets and the contribution they make to the character and setting of the Castle Street Conservation area and the Liverpool’s Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site.”

Located close to the end of the Churchill Way south flyover, the existing Grade II-listed Magistrates’ Court is essentially fact two separate structures – the courthouse, built in 1855, and the fire station, built in 1897.