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Office to residential plan for Grade II-listed Victoria Street building

Vacant office space within a Grade II-listed building on Liverpool’s Victoria Street could be converted into new homes.

Plans to create 10 apartments in the upper floors of Union House, which was developed as an office building in 1882, have been put forward to Liverpool City Council.

If approved, the new homes would sit above designer menswear store Union 22 and a new restaurant in the basement and lower ground floors of the commercial district site.

Proposals from applicant Pure Management include the creation of a two-storey roof extension, which would see the building increased to seven storeys.

The 10 homes, which would be located from the ground floor upwards, are a mix of studio, one-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.

The proposed two-storey extension.

Initial plans to transform the building’s upper floors into a 35-boutique hotel, which were awarded planning permission in June, have been shelved.

However, previously revealed plans for a basement restaurant are still going ahead with work reportedly well underway on renovating the space.

Designer menswear store Union 22 will remain in situ as part of the new plans.

A document included with the planning application prepared on behalf of the applicant by DV Architects reads: “Due to the nature of the ever-changing market, the previous hotel scheme is not proving viable for our client and therefore they wish to seek an alternative approval.

“They are keen to develop the site/building immediately and don’t wish to leave the building empty for longer than necessary.

“They value the importance of the listed building and now seek permission to restore and convert the building into C3 Residential Use Class.”