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Municipal Buildings

Heritage & Refurbishment
“Russell WBHO’s reputation for high quality delivery of large scale listed building refurbishments, together with their vast experience of hotel developments, gave us confidence to bring them on board for this important project.” Martin Rogers, MD Fragrance Group UK


179 bedroom luxury hotel in Liverpool city centre

4 story extension to hold additional bedrooms and leisure facilities including swimming pool and spa

Heritage refurbishment of Grade II* listed building

  • Project Status: Live
  • Location: Liverpool
  • Client: Fragrance Group UK
  • Architect: Falconer Chester Hall

The Challenge

The conversion of the Grade II* listed Municipal Building’s in Liverpool’s Dale Street from council offices into a luxury four star hotel for international hotel operator Fragrance Group.

Municipal Building

A two-year, £40million heritage refurbishment of the iconic Municipal Buildings in city centre Liverpool.

The stunning Victorian building dates back to 1868 and was home to Liverpool City Council from its completion until the authority moved out in 2017.

Its renovation and extension has been designed by renowned architects Falconer Chester Hall, with whom Russell WBHO worked closely to develop the programme. The professional team also includes structural engineers Curtins Consulting, Koncept ID interior design and specialist heritage architect Stephen Levrant.

In addition to the creation of 179 guests suites across the ground, first and second floor, the hotel’s new restaurant, bar and the reception will make the most of the incredible ground-floor atrium space, with further meeting and conference facilities throughout the basement and ground floor.

A new-build bronze clad extension at the rear will house additional bedrooms and the new spa complex, complete with first floor pool, gym, and treatment rooms.

Constructed of sandstone with a rock-faced granite plinth and projecting three-bay pavilions to each of the four corners, the 17,000 m2 building is notable for the French-style curved roofs, and a clock tower at the centre of the Dale Street elevation.

Internally, the wealth and scale of historic features within the building to be protected and sensitively restored include decorative vaulted and coffered ceilings, friezes and marble fireplaces depicting reliefs of Liver Birds and Queen Victoria, tile dados resembling polished parquetry, a former muniments room with metal window shutters and a striking basilica-like main hall, make its restoration an exciting challenge.

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“Together, Russell WBHO and our architects FCH have proposed an exciting and ambitious programme to bring this incredible building back to life over the next two years, as a place that can be
enjoyed by everyone.”

Martin Rogers, MD Fragrance Group UK