by Shelby Hamilton 05-06-2024

The Ivy eyes up Liverpool's old Bank of England

A restaurant earmarked for the grade one-listed building at 31 Castle Street now has a suitor with the brand name confirmed in a planning application lodged with the city council.

Troia (UK) Restaurants which trades as The Ivy Group has applied through agents Pegasus Group for change of use from bank to a restaurant, along with advertising consent covering fascia signs, menu boards, and lettering, on canopies and windows at the venue.

Pumphouse Designs is working on the project.

The application can be viewed by searching reference number 24F/1170 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.

Change of use approved

Last year JSM Company Group secured permission from the council to transform the building into a restaurant.

Wroot Design drew up a scheme for the creation of a dining area and a central bar set across two floors.

Downstairs, the basement is to house kitchens and other back-of-house facilities, while storage and office space is to be provided upstairs.

The property was built in 1845 but has been vacant since TSB Bank left in the 1990s according to a heritage statement produced by Townscape and submitted with that application.

Those plans can be viewed by searching for reference number 22F/0422 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.

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