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Martins Building, Liverpool

Povall Worthington were appointed in 2009 to conduct an appraisal of options for conversion of this landmark building. It is Grade 2* listed and former main premises of Martins Bank and subsequently Barclays Bank. Constructed in 1932 to the designs of H J Rowse the building is recognised as one of the finest examples of the Classical Revival style. The exterior is finished in Portland stone and internally it is fitted out with finest hardwoods, marbles and plasterwork. The proposed conversion to five star hotel involves a combination of lower floors and top floors with a new penthouse level. A planning application was submitted after much discussion with Planning Service and English Heritage. Planning Approval was achieved in 2011. The proposals include energy saving details and efficient mechanical installations to create as sustainable a project as possible.  Start on site is anticipated in early 2012.

barbara cegielka/ wesley brownlee/ john humes/ christina martin/ brian mcanoy/ gary mccone