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Rooftop terrace for Shankly Hotel

Millennium House plans revealed, but what now for vacant Municipal Buildings and car park?

Written by . Published on February 2nd 2015.

Rooftop terrace for Shankly Hotel

A ROOFTOP glazed terrace is being planned as part of a multi-million pound project to convert Millennium House into a Bill Shankly-themed apart hotel. 

Lawrence Kenwright’s Signature Living company has taken over the building in Victoria Street following the departure of hundreds of council staff to the waterfront Cunard Building.

The city council’s planning committee has already approved the hotel scheme, but Signature now wants to add a banqueting suite, dining facilities and outdoor space.

The venture is the latest in the city for Signature following the refurbishment and opening of Albion House in James Street, former headquarters of  SS Titanic owners, the White Star Line.

A Lifestyles gymnasium and Lifestyle facility at Millennium House will remain as part of the scheme that will include 61 bedrooms, serviced apartments and office space.

Development consultancy, the Planning Studio, has submitted new plans to the city council’s planning department, seeking permission for the extra work which will create a fifth floor to the building.

Most of Millennium House was originally the old head office of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, but the site became vacant in the 1970s when the newspaper moved to Old Hall Street.

The city council at the time had ambitious plans to create a civic centre, and set about acquiring buildings to pave the way for the venture. But the scheme was eventually abandoned.

A number of landmark buildings in the area, including the Stork Hotel, disappeared and for many years Queen Square became a makeshift surface car park.

In their documents to the council, The Planning Studio say: "The revised proposals bring forward a major new and exciting element to the project, being the crowning glory provided by the proposed roof-top extension, with its robust architectural glazing and panoramic views across the city centre and beyond. 

The switch of council staff to the Cunard Building raises a question about the future of the Municipal Building in Dale Street, famed for its clock tower and chiming bells.

Many of the staff from Dale Street have also moved to the waterfront. The civic suites, occupied by Mayor Anderson, councillors and the executive team, have also moved to the Cunard Building.

Victoria Street Car Park- Could It Be Sold Off For Development?Victoria Street Car Park- Could It Be Sold Off For Development?

It raises the question of whether, or rather when, the council will respond to the changes by finding a new use for the Municipal Building or offer it for sale.

The adjoining Municipal Annexe where most of the council committee rooms were located, along with the former Education Offices, have been converted into a luxury hotel, due to open in the near future.

The rear of the Municipal Building is currently taken up by a tree–lined surface car park, but offers the prospect of re-development, earning much needed cash for the council.

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

John BradleyFebruary 2nd 2015.

The building that was behind the Municipal Building was the Government build destroyed in the Blitz. www.flickr.com/…/… The big question about the Municipal Buildings changing hands is where would the One Stop Shop go?

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AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2015.

How about the ground floor of one of the many student ghettoes the city council seems to adore?

Joe49February 3rd 2015.

Thanks for that link - I've always wondered what used to be there before the war.

AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2015.

"panoramic views". Oh look there's the No19 bus and the No14. Quick look, here's another one!

Paul WardFebruary 3rd 2015.

"lifestyles gymnasium and lifestyle facility" Do you mean a gym?

AnonymousFebruary 4th 2015.

What has happened to the Security Industry Association operation run by LDL in the basement of the Municipal Buildings? The staff may well be seconded from BT, but the equipment etc was paid for by the Council. The same thing goes for Venture House, which the Council rents for LDL at a cost of £250,000 per year. They are presumably stuck with it, as the lease still has several years to run.

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John BradleyFebruary 4th 2015.

Do you mean Security Industry Authority or British Security Industry Association?

Katie54February 4th 2015.

Sorry, a typing error. I meant Home Office quango the Security Industry Authority.

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AnonymousFebruary 4th 2015.

That's torn it, you've blown your cover. a rare slip by a lady who knows where all the bodies are buried.

Katie54February 4th 2015.

I wish -:) Actually, I just wasn't logged in when I made the first comment.

Ty TannickFebruary 10th 2015.

Are they sure Millennium House can take the weight of a rooftop terrace? As a purpose-built office building its floors couldn't take the weight of office furniture. So we're getting another tacky theme hotel to help transform Liverpool into Scallopolis; I'll give it a couple of weeks after opening before the scalls, 'businessmen' and footballers are spitting down off the top onto people in the street.

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featherweightMarch 9th 2015.

It's managed with the weight of the mayor so far, so it might be good for, a month or two, by which time the 'business men' and footballers will be catching a few rays in Ibiza.

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