The development of the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool is set to take a major step forward following news that planning permission has been granted for two major new projects.
Developer Elliot Group has received the green light for a £70 million luxury hotel in the tech hub, which involves an alteration to an existing plan for which permission was already in place to create the Vincent Residence and Hotel, which will contain 306 rooms and overlook Queen's Dock. The building will also contain 50 large apartments, plus 10,000 ft of event space in the basement, as well as a gym, lounge, spa and restaurant on the rooftop.
Founder of the Elliot Group Elliot Lawless expressed delight at the planning news, commenting: "Baltic has been crying out for the sort of hotel that fits the neighbourhood’s funky vibe.
"I'm delighted with this news and to be working once again with Paul Adams and his team.”
Mr Adams has been the other driving force behind the project, with the local hotelier seeking to provide visitor accommodation in the area as a means of helping the development of the former dockland site, which lies just south of the city centre.
A further development to get planning permission in the Baltic Triangle area is a 145-unit apartment development on Parliament Street, close to the former Cains Brewery.
The development consists of 72 one-bedroom apartments and 73 with two bedrooms plus commercial space on the ground floor. It had been proposed by Manchester-based developer Zerum.
Associate director Nikki Sills said the current use of the existing building on the site - a warehouse and roofing yard with a small office - offers "little vitality" to the area.
She added: "The new apartment block will not only provide new homes for people, but it will also include a commercial unit on the ground floor, which will provide a modern outlet for a commercial tenant."
While development continues in Liverpool's southern docks, the northern docks are set for future projects in the form of the Liverpool Waters mixed-use development and the transformation of the Bramley Moor dock into a new football stadium for Everton.