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Refreshed plans unveiled for boutique hotel at Liverpool golf course

Refreshed plans for a four-star boutique hotel at a Liverpool golf course have been unveiled.

Green Circle Leisure is behind the new proposals which come after the previous scheme at Allerton Manor Golf Course was approved by Liverpool City Council in September 2020.

Liverpool-based architects firm Brock Carmichael has drawn up the new designs which aim to save and restore the remaining facades of the original grade II-listed manor house.

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The historic structure is currently in a severely dilapidated condition, with most of the building being destroyed and lost due to a fire in 1944 when it was occupied as a private residence.

The heritage building is now at imminent risk of collapse, Green Circle Leisure has said.

Under the new proposals, the number of bedrooms planned has increased from 31 to 66.

Green Circle’s managing director Craig Coley said: “From the word go, we were determined to save the manor house and incorporate this cherished piece of local heritage into our future vision.

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“The lengthy planning process and the Covid-19 pandemic have delayed the project and in the meantime construction and material costs have massively increased, meaning that the original 31 bed hotel scheme, approved at planning committee in September last year, is no longer viable.

“Re-assessing the project has also given us the opportunity to review the design and respond with a more appropriate and greatly improved architectural design solution.

“The original design was supported by both Historic England and the council’s conservation officers, but the bold design also attracted criticism and concern from some local objectors.

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“We decided to take those constructive comments on board in the new brief by selecting an architect with local understanding and an excellent track record working with heritage buildings and sensitive sites.”

Lead architect John Cassell of Brock Carmichael added: “Our approach has been to deliver a simple and aesthetically elegant design, where the new build element doesn’t try to compete or distract from the original architectural character of the former manor house.

“As well as keeping things simple, the glazed exterior of the new structure will act as a mirror ensuring the surrounding trees and landscape are reflected in the building facades. ‌whilst‌ ‌a‌ ‌feature‌ ‌green‌ ‌wall‌ ‌will‌ ‌also‌ ‌help‌ ‌to‌ ‌embed‌ ‌the‌ ‌building‌ ‌within‌ ‌its‌ ‌natural‌ ‌setting.‌ ‌

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“By‌ ‌extending‌ ‌the‌ ‌footprint‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌rear,‌ ‌we‌ ‌can‌ keep‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌height‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌previous‌ ‌approved scheme‌ ‌and‌ ‌achieve‌ ‌additional‌ ‌space‌ ‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌unobtrusive‌ ‌and‌ ‌more‌ ‌contextual‌ ‌design.””

In‌ ‌addition‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌extra‌ ‌beds,‌ ‌the‌ ‌new‌ ‌hotel‌ ‌will‌ ‌feature‌ ‌a‌ ‌spa‌ ‌and‌ ‌function‌ ‌space‌ .

Green Circle operations’ director Yvonne Jackson ‌said:‌ ‌”We‌ ‌are‌ ‌delighted‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌new‌ ‌design.‌ ‌It‌ ‌provides‌ ‌sensitive‌ ‌and‌ ‌respectful‌ ‌architecture‌ ‌and‌ ‌delivers‌ ‌an‌ ‌asset‌ ‌which‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌great‌ ‌addition‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌offer‌ ‌at‌ ‌Allerton‌ ‌Manor and‌ ‌something‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌amenity‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌local‌ ‌community‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌wider‌ ‌city.”

If backed by the council, the project would be expected to be completed by 2025.

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