• Duke Street, Liverpool, Liverpool City Centre

Café, bar and hotel lined up for empty Duke Street building

A Grade II-listed building on Liverpool’s Duke Street could be transformed into a hotel, café and bar if new plans are given the go-ahead.

The proposals would breathe new life into the Ropewalks building which has been empty for around 12 years.

Located near to Liverpool ONE, the 17 Duke Street site was originally built as an early merchant house in the late 18th Century and could add to the street’s growing restaurant, bar and café scene.

A planning application submitted to Liverpool City Council by TMA Group Ltd says the ground floor of the property, which had previously been home to a café, would make way for a new food and drink establishment for both the public and guests of the building’s proposed hotel.

Designed by architects Falconer Chester Hall, the café and bar would “look to retain as many of the original features as possible, in particular the shop front windows”.

Meanwhile the upper floors of the building, which have previously had a residential use, would be turned into a small hotel.

A zinc rooftop extension at the rear of the building would also create space for three additional hotel rooms.

A planning document submitted with the application adds: “The rooftop extension is proposed to be clad in a zinc standing seam. This will provide a contrast to the existing brick, distinguishing the old from the new.

“The extension will not be seen from the street, however. There is no visual impact on the streetscape.”

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