Bramley Hotel – Proposed Plans Put Forward To Liverpool City Council

A new hotel could be built across the road from the site of Everton’s proposed new stadium, if Liverpool Council’s planners approve.

‘Bramley Hotel’ will be located on Regent Road in Bramley-Moore Dock, aiming to accommodate football fans and visitors to the North Docks area of Liverpool.

Final designs for the new stadium were unveiled in December, with a detailed planning application sent to the council.

‘Bramley Hotel’ will be a key facility for those attending the 52,000-seater Bramley-Moore Dock stadium

The planning statement described Bramley-Moore Dock and Ten Streets as an “underutilised area”, adding: “This site is well-located within the Northern Docks, close to sustainable access options and existing and proposed commercial and leisure opportunities.

Containing 167 rooms, ‘Bramley Hotel’ is sure to be a popular destination for football fans.

It will be run by worldwide chain Accor, branded as an ‘Ibis Styles’ hotel, positioned just metres from the new stadium.

Plans have been submitted to the council, with the building set to be nine storeys high and delivered by developer Crossfield.

The design and access statement submitted alongside the application said the buildings on site currently “appear in relatively poor condition”

The proposals would see the current buildings on site demolished, with the hotel and 87-space multi-storey car park built in its place.

It’s expected to go before Liverpool Council’s planning committee later this year.

MIPIM 2019 – spotlight on Liverpool Waters

Liverpool hit the headlines at this year’s four-day international property festival, with lots to talk about on what has been happening in the last year at Liverpool Waters, and what is in the planning.

Central Docks has seen significant development with the start of a new £9 million road link from Regents Road to access Central Docks, named Jesse Hartley Way.  This coincides with the completion of Quay Central which comprises of 108 1 and 2 bed apartments and the start of construction of phase 2 of the Romal Capital’s development, Park Central.

Further North at Liverpool Waters, news surrounding Bramley Moore Dock and Everton FC chief executive Denise Barret-Baxendale took a central role in both the future home of the club and the development of a new City Centre station.

Everton FC confident on securing funding for new stadium

Denise Barret-Baxendale confirmed that Everton FC has no option but to progress with a new home and that the stadium planned at Bramley-Moore Dock is crucial to the future of the club. According to the chief executive, the club is “the most confident it has ever been” on securing the funding, even though costs have increased to around £500m.

While positivity about funding and delivery of a new stadium abounds, they are keen to avoid a call-in for the planning application. The club is taking steps to reassure people that the design team are respecting the development’s role in the waterfront’s UNESCO World Heritage Status over concerns about the impact of the stadium and its potential capacity for up to 60,000.

200-year lease already agreed

However, a lease agreement has already been completed with Peel L&P for Everton FC to assume a 200-year lease on the dock, subject to planning permission, and completion of the new stadium has been pencilled in for 2023.

Although Goodison Park will be demolished, Barrett-Baxendale has said that the former stadium site represented “a big opportunity for the football club to do something unique, with education, housing, retail, and healthcare all potential options”.

Commission created for new city centre rail station

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has announced that the City Region has given Denise Barret-Baxendale the responsibility for putting together a team of experts from transport, business and the public sector to form a commission, whose remit will be to take forward all the key considerations in developing the new station.

A world-class transport hub

The plan to connect the Liverpool City Region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Railwas included in Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan earlier this year. The plan also included suggestions for a new station to accommodate more modern trains, increased passenger numbers with a view to becoming a world-class transport hub.

Rotherham stated, “What we envisage is more than just a station and a world-class transport hub, it has the potential to be a destination in its own right, architecturally stunning and featuring leisure and recreation facilities, commercial, retail, high-quality office accommodation, residential facilities and much more.”

Full connection to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail would ensure that the Liverpool City Region would benefit from shorter journey times (Manchester to Liverpool would be reduced to 23 minutes) and increased passenger capacity, and according to Steve Rotheram boost the economy by £15bn.

According to the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson the City will be seeking government funding to support delivery of the project, which is estimated to cost £6bn including the cost of the track to connect to HS2 and take about ten years to complete.

Romal unveils vision for ‘little Amsterdam’ in Liverpool

Gregory Malouf, chief executive at developer Romal Capital, has unveiled a vision for an expanded residential offering at Liverpool’s Central Dock featuring 646 apartments and commercial space, aimed at creating “a little Amsterdam in the heart of Liverpool”.

The developer has put forward a planning application for the site, which is Plot C02 at Liverpool Waters, featuring six blocks, two of which are 14 storeys with the remainder at 10 storeys.

Designed by architect Ollier Smurthwaite, the 10-storey blocks are clad in red brick while the two taller blocks are clad in white stone.

The developer’s intention is to create a “waterfront parkland” with extensive public realm, while there will also be a total of 2,500 sq ft of commercial or retail space at ground floor.

Subject to planning approval, Romal is aiming to start work this year and complete in 2021, to fit with the completion of the nearby Isle of Man ferry terminal, scheduled for the same year.

Malouf said: “Enabling unused dock space to be developed will unlock the key to creating a northern waterfront community which connects to the success of the Liverpool’s existing multi-use waterfront by enhancing accessibility, connectivity and public space in the city centre.

“We are building on living waters, so it is incredibly important to focus on liveability first and foremost as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to the success of a continuing thriving and dynamic city.

“We are ensuring that the public and residents will benefit from lots of green space and anyone who enters the park can walk, cycle or get a water taxi along the rest of the waterfront.”

“We want people to access what is currently off-limits to the public and give them the opportunity to stroll freely down the waterfront, take a leisurely bike ride or water-taxi to the Albert Dock for a coffee, or walk to the proposed Everton Stadium on match days.”

Malouf added the scheme was designed to fit in with Quay Central, its 108-bed eight-storey apartment block, which is due to complete later this year. The developer is also on site at the second phase, Park Central, where work began in November last year.

“Romal has the vision which dates back to my days of developing in Sydney, Australia and I want to create a little Amsterdam in the heart of Liverpool,” he added.

“It’s about building a community and attracting those who desire a safe and welcoming place, alongside those needing family focused city centre living within an attractive waterfront parkland.”

The Central Docks site falls within Liverpool Waters, where there are plans to bring forward 3,800 homes, nearly 1.7m sq ft of offices, a park, and 269,000 sq ft of retail, restaurants, and leisure, designed to sit with the existing Waterloo Warehouse.

The proposed Isle of Man Ferry Terminal

The proposed Isle of Man Ferry Terminal in Liverpool, which will be situated at Princes Half Tide Dock, 800 metres downriver from the current Pier Head facility within the £5 billion Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme. A planning application is due to be submitted in November 2018.

Second phase of Central Docks development launching 8th September

The second phase of the Central Docks neighbourhood – Park Central – is set to be officially launched on 8th September by property investment company BuyAssociation and developers Romal Capital.

Alongside the Central Docks neighbourhood will be Princes Dock, Clarence Docks, Northern Docks and King Edward Triangle, which will collectively create more than 9,000 new residential apartments, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes alongside a cultural hub and retail spaces.

The 60-hectare scheme will also comprise 315,000 sqm of business space and 53,000 sqm of hotel and conference facilities.

“This is a really exciting project and we’ve already seen a huge amount of interest from investors from all over the UK and internationally,” said Caroline Marshall-Roberts, CEO at BuyAssociation.

“Liverpool is such a thriving and vibrant city, and it’s now seen as one of the top places in the country for property investment, with fantastic rental yields and strong house price growth predictions.”

Darran Lawless, development director at Peel, responsible for Liverpool Waters, added: “This is an exciting time for the Liverpool Waters project, with the construction of a number of developments well underway, and many more due to commence soon.

“It’s fantastic to see Romal Capital launch their second residential building at Central Docks and we’re confident that Park Central, alongside Romal Capital’s first development, Quay Central, will be a much sought-after address for both local and foreign investors.”