Grade II-listed North Western Hall in Liverpool is to be converted back into a hotel, with an operator being sought for the grand building.
Contractor and developer Worthington Properties has acquired the renaissance-style building, adjacent to Liverpool Lime Street Station, which had been used as student accommodation since 1996.
The property had previously been the North Western Hotel, sitting within the founding family of grand railway hotels, which also included The Midland in Manchester, St Pancras in London and The Balmoral in Edinburgh.
The Worthington Group plans to return the building to its former status by mid-2019, subject to planning permission. The number of rooms within the converted hotel could range from 180 to 230, depending on the operator secured, with the potential for an F&B offering.
Jeremy Collins, director of leisure specialists Jenics briefed to secure a new operator, said: “The hotel market in Liverpool has developed significantly over the last three years, largely due to both the growing popularity of the city’s tourist and leisure market and an improving commercial sector.
“The central location of the North Western Hall is close to Liverpool’s major attractions including Albert Dock, Liverpool One, the Tate Gallery, the Beatles Story, Echo Arena, the Cavern Quarter, Liverpool Cruise Terminal and the CBD.
“Having Liverpool Lime Street Station literally on the doorstep is another obvious benefit for an hotel operator, with annual passenger traffic of more than 20 million people.”