Liverpool’s five-star luxury waterfront hotel

New World Square hotel developmentThe first images of a proposed £130 million scheme to build a five-star hotel complex next to the Pier Head were released last night. An eight-storey hotel will form the centrepiece of the development at Princes Dock, where the new cruise liner terminal – given the go-ahead by Deputy PM John Prescott in May – will afford breathtaking views for guests of its 224 rooms. The exciting development includes the extension of the Leeds-Liverpool canal running beneath an illuminated culvert beneath the hotel, in addition to a suite of adjoining buildings offering apartments, more guest rooms, spa, illuminated plaza and commercial space. The proposal is a joint development between Lead Asset Strategies and architect John Lyall. According to icLiverpool, Lyall said: "The development at New World Square has to take on board the attributes of stature, dignity and excitement without dominating the Three Graces or the Liverpool skyline." He said he believes the development delivers. A period of consultation with heritage groups and other stakeholders will now take place. Lead Asset Strategies' chairman, Raj Basu, commented: "This is one of Europe's most exciting and sensitive development sites and we have been determined to to deliver an international quality scheme that fulfils the city's ambitions." It is hoped a reasonable quick consultation will see the development open before the end of 2008. The developer has worked with Mersey Docks and English Heritage on the proposals, but the final say rests with Liverpool City Council.   

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