by Shelby Hamilton 04-04-2022

Historic Castle Street bank "could become hotel, restaurant and bar"

Article from Liverpool Echo –

” One of the city’s most historic banking buildings could become a hotel, restaurant and bar.

Plans have been submitted which would see 20-32 Castle Street, home to the former Parr Bank and then NatWest Bank, converted to make a 92 room hotel.

The plans also include the potential to convert the building’s striking banking hall and former vaults into a restaurant and bar.

The Castle Street building was built for the former Parr Bank from 1898 to 1901 and is grade II* listed.

It was designed by Richard Norman Shaw, who was considered one of the leading architects of the 19th century.

The building’s centrepiece is a circular banking hall, which has retained its grand pillars, dome and gold ceiling detailing throughout processes of modernisation.

The plans have been put forward by JSM Company Group Developments who have carried out a wide range of developments across the city, including residential and leisure.

The hotel and restaurant plans were originally submitted in August 2021 with the buildings being advertised on the market for a number of years after Natwest moved to its new premises on Church Street in 2017.

While the amount of detail contained in the plans remains limited for now, due to the listed nature of the buildings there will be limitations on the range of internal and external amendments JSM can make.

A spokesperson for JSM said the developers are continuing to work with heritage organisations and Liverpool City Council on the plans.

They added there are no plans to amend the facade of the building and once the proposed amendments are approved the project will hope to progress further with Liverpool City Council.

The spokesperson said the plans are hoping to take a step forward in terms of the listed consent in the coming weeks with aims for the project approved later this year.

If approved, the development would add to the growing leisure and retail offer in the Castle Street area.

The buildings are at the centre of a food and drink hub in the centre of Liverpool, with a range of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants operating within viewing distance of the town hall.

The banking buildings would be JSM’s second development on Castle Street having already completed a project on the floors above the Boots Pharmacy further down the street. “

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