The historic Grade II-listed Martin’s Bank building in Liverpool is to be transformed into a luxury hotel.
Located on Water Street close to the city’s Liverpool One development, the neo classical building dates back to 1932, and will now be converted into a 227-room hotel with spa facilities, bar and fine dining restaurant.
The building was the hiding place for much of the UK’s gold reserves during the Second World War – the transferral of the gold by train to the bank was the subject of the award-winning The Bullion Boys starring David Jason.
The building was recently acquired by hotel and conference centre provider Principal Hayley Group, and is scheduled to open as a hotel in “late 2017 or early 2018”.
Commenting on the announcement Tony Troy, Principal Hayley Group’s CEO said:
“The Martins Bank building provides us with a strategically important presence in the heart of the Liverpool market, where there is a clear consumer need for a full-service luxury hotel and events space.
“Liverpool’s astonishing transformation over the last decade has seen it become one of Europe’s most important exhibition and convention centres as well as one of the most visited cities by tourists. Our development will become the jewel in the crown of Liverpool’s hotel offering.”
Doubletree by Hilton recently opened its first Liverpool property, within the restored Municipal Annexe building which dates back to 1865 (see news October 14, 2015).