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Mitchells & Butlers plans Liverpool city centre hotel

Pub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers plans to transform a Liverpool city centre building into a new hotel.

The firm has put forward proposals to convert the upper floors of the Queens Building in Derby Square, creating accommodation above its All Bar One venue.

With a portfolio including the bar chain as well as Harvester Restaurants, Toby Carvery, Miller & Carter Steak Houses, Vintage Inns, Sizzling Pubs, Ember Inns, Browns Restaurants and Bars and Nicholson’s, the company is looking at how its underutilised space can best be used.

A statement put forward in a planning application for the hotel says: “With the company having a hotel offer, one of the strategies that it is pursuing is to develop new bedrooms (whether they be in existing buildings or in stand-alone blocks), as a revenue generator or in order to support the adjacent business by pushing additional trade through the restaurant.”

Plans refer to the hotel brand as ‘Inn Keeper’s Lodge’.

According to the application, Mitchells & Butlers owns the freehold interest in the Queens building, and operates the All Bar One bar and restaurant on the basement, ground and first floors.

The upper two floors of the site, accessed from James Street, have been vacant since 2007 having previously been occupied by a law firm.

If granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council, Mitchells & Butlers plans to convert the vacant offices, along with part of the first floor ‘back of house’ bar and restaurant space, into a hotel.

Accessible via the James Street entrance, it would include a ground floor reception, two rooms on the first floor, 10 rooms on the second floor and 11 rooms on the third floor.

The hotel would not include its own bar, restaurant and catering facilities.

The planning statement, which suggests the building’s office space “does not meet the needs of the modern office sector,” concludes: “The proposal will bring the floorspace back into use, help meet an identified need for addition tourist accommodation and contribute to the regeneration and viability of the city centre.

“It will improve the street scene and the setting of the adjacent conservation area, without causing any harm to the amenity of neighbouring properties. The site lies in a very accessible location and the proposal fully complies with the provisions of the development plan.”