Project Management / Employer’s Agent / Cost Consultancy / Principal Designer
Located at 95 Old Hall Street in Liverpool city centre, The Echo Building was constructed in 1973-74. It is a brutalist style building that stands 73m (240ft) tall at 18 storeys, making it the joint tenth tallest building in the city. The upper half within the tower has previously been utilised as office space but has been vacant for a number of years. The lower levels are currently occupied with offices housing the Liverpool Echo newspaper printing rooms and distribution centre.
The tower affords fantastic panoramic views across the city and the renowned World Heritage waterfront.
The proposed refurbishment and adaption will provide a mixed use building including:
- Hotel within the existing 15 storey tower with 207 no. bedrooms, with associated communal areas including a restaurant/bar within an open living lounge, a conference area with associated café, and a rooftop sky bar available to the public
- Car Parking
- Retail space
- Office space
The works also include improvements to the façade of both the tower and podium levels, to provide direct access from Old Hall Street and activate the frontage along Brook Street.
The hotel will be operated by Melia Hotels, and is to be marketed as a business travel hotel under the INNside brand, attempting to blur the lines between business and leisure.
Sony Playstation have agreed terms to occupy over 60,000 sq ft of the commercial space with operators for the retail space yet to be identified.
Projex are providing a full range of services including PM/EA/QS and Principal Designer role. The commercial space was handed over in November 2020 and the hotel is due to complete summer 2021 along with the retail areas.