Hotels & leisure
Over the last 20 years, we have developed the business from a construction focus to heritage, regeneration and conservation. In Liverpool city centre, we have regenerated two heritage properties – New Zealand House on Water Street, and the underperforming Sir Thomas Hotel – developing both into hugely successful and sustainable businesses.
The Sir Thomas Hotel lies on the corner of Sir Thomas Street and Victoria Street in the heart of Liverpool, opposite the Met Quarter shopping centre and a stone’s throw from the world-famous Mathew Street. The former Bank of Liverpool building has stood on the site since 1882; we acquired the building in 2004 and have invested substantially to return it to its former glory – albeit with a different purpose. Our focus on heritage-sensitive refurbishments have retained many original features, including the magnificent rear staircase to the upper floors. 2018 has seen these investments continue with a major refurbishment of the Sir T Bar and Brasserie restaurant.
On Water Street, we invested £1m back in 2000 on New Zealand House, transforming a former office equipment shop into a brasserie-style bar and 600-cover restaurant, that became one of the most popular leisure venues in the city. As Liverpool began to re-emerge from a difficult period at the end of the 20th century, it was the first of its kind, and a huge act of confidence in the city, before its more recent transformation.
Part of our City Life Projects division, we took on the Park Hotel on Dunningsbridge Road in North Liverpool, and have spent more than £2 million on it since 2005.
We acquired the 61-bedroom hotel, which was a de-branded chain venue, regarding it as a ‘sleeping giant’. In spite of a location that saw 100,000 cars travel past it every day, and is just a stone’s throw from Aintree Racecourse, the hotel, which also includes two function rooms and a resident’s bar, was getting no customers, no events, no weddings and zero bookings.
Whilst we’ve gained deep and relevant experience working in our own Group hotels, they are not our only clients. We’ve also carried out extensive remodelling for the reception area of Liverpool’s Liner Hotel and a complete renovation of The View Hotel in Eastbourne, on behalf of private clients/developers.
We’re proud to have secured a major development with Unite the Union and Starwood Hotels to construct an 850-seater conference centre, 260 bedroom Aloft brand hotel and 60,000 sq ft National Education Centre, alongside a regional office. This is a £70m+ construction project in the heart of Birmingham’s Knowledge Quarter, adjacent to many of the university faculty buildings. It is due to open in early 2020.
We understand what it takes to work on hotel and leisure sites. Our experience of running successful venues across Liverpool is reflected in the quality of the work we undertake on behalf of our clients in this sector.