2015 June Martins Bank Building Water Street to become an iconic 5* “Martins Hotel”

Castlewood Property Management, the owners of the iconic Martins Bank Building in Water street, has applied to Liverpool City Council for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent to convert the entire building to a luxury 5* hotel. Castlewood had previously obtained consent in 2011 and 2014 to convert approximately 65% of the building to an hotel. Martins Bank, which had roots in Liverpool to 1563, opened Martins Bank Building in 1932 as its headquarters and the Banking Hall closed as a branch of Barclays in 2007.

The present application proposes the creation of a 227 roomluxury hotel incorporating 35 magnificent 1 and 2 bedroom suites ranging in size from 40m2 to an 125m2 Presidential Suite in the 9th Floor Penthouse. The bank vaults that held the country’s Gold Reserve for a period during the 2nd World War will now become an authentic Roman Bath style Spa and Leisure Emporium with a full hydro-therapy experience of steam and dry Saunas, Hammam and Rasul suite, Ice Fountain and relaxing Vitality Pool. For body massage and other relaxing treatments there will be 6 treatment rooms including a couple’s suite with its own private sauna. Hair, nails and beauty is looked after in a beauty salon and fitness is taken care of in a spacious gym reserved for hotel guests and about 400 exclusive memberships.

The 13m high marble colonnaded Banking Hall will have a new mezzanine floor inserted to provide an intimate fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar for about 60 beneath the stucco moulded and gilded ceiling reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles. The 1800 m2Ground Floor will be refitted as a 200+ seat hotel restaurant, 2 bars and a large function suite capable of accommodating receptions for up to 500.

The original Martins Bank Boardroom and the 8th Floor will be refitted to a Conference & Banqueting Suite of 700m2capable of accommodating residential conference receptions for 200 and smaller wedding parties. The conference and banqueting facilities will be directly linked to 2 new SkyBars that will be created on the existing colonnaded roof 50m above the City with panoramic views over the River and the City.

The construction and refit will support up to 500 construction jobs and full time equivalent employment for nearly 300 permanent jobs will be created when the hotel, dining and leisure facilities are fully open in 2017. The initial capital investment will be in the region of £45m and the investment value on maturity is anticipated to be approximately £60m.

A spokesman for Castlewood, Bernard Byrne stated:

“This project has been in the pipeline for many years and we are delighted that it is now finally coming to fruition. The hotel, leisure and fine dining facilities will represent a step change addition to the City’s tourism and conference offer as we will ensure the hotel is managedand fitted-out to the highest international 5* standards”.


New Office Location


2015 May PW – Planning Approved

PW are delighted to announce that they obtained planning permission on behalf of MV Canal Ltd for 74 Apartments on Vauxhall Rd, Liverpool. The site is on the edge of the historic Leeds Liverpool Canal, and borders the Stanley Dock World Heritage Site. PW have worked closely with LCC Planning and Urban Design Departments to deliver a scheme that satisfies both the client's needs, and the requirements of this sensitive site.


2015 Apr At the April sitting of the Liverpool Planning Committee Povall Worthington was awarded planning permission for 16 apartments in the Lark Lane Conservation Area.

Povall Worthington have worked closely with the Council's planning case officer and urban designer to produce a sensitively designed scheme that sits comfortably within this historic conservation area.


2014 Nov PW – redesigns Vauxhall Road Scheme for client after change to rental properties.

Lengthy discussions with Liverpool City Council have been followed up with PW submitting a planning application for new build apartments in the Lark Lane Conservation Area in South of the city


2014 Oct PW submits planning application for 16 apartments in the Lark Lane Conservation area in Liverpool

Completion of Extension at Parkgate Primary School


2014 Sept PW submits outline planning permission for 300 bed student accommodation scheme in Salford on behalf of Peel Holdings.

300 bed student accommodation in two towers. Peel Holdings submit PW proposals to Salford City Council for Planning Approval


2014 Aug PW gains planning permission for small residential development in Dudley, Birmingham

Birmingham Approval. PW gains planning permission for small residential development in Dudley, Birmingham


2014 July PW submits planning application for 74 apartments in Liverpool on the edge of the historic Leeds Liverpool Canal on Vauxhall Road.

74 new-build apartments on strategic site fronting Leeds to Liverpool Canal overlooking the Liverpool North Docks. Proposals submitted for Planning Approval.


2014 June PW successfully re-applies for lapsed Planning Permission on 138 bed 5 star hotel in a Grade 2* listed building in the heart of Liverpool.

Successful Re -Application and Planning Approval for 138 bed 5 star hotel and conversion of Grade 2* listed Martins Building in Liverpool


2014 Mar Media City Study

PW appointed by Peel Holdings to prepare feasibility study for development of prominent site in Salford close to Media City


2014 Jan PW Surveyors appointed to provide specialist report in major property (water)damage claim in Sefton, Merseyside

2013 Nov Queens Square Design

16 storey residential tower granted Planning Approval for Queens Square, Belfast. The unique design for this very compact site on the edge of one of the city's prominent public spaces was supported by Planning Service acknowledging the individual response to the parameters.


2013 Oct Approval Gained

Planning Approval & Listed Building Consent has been granted for PW proposals for 56 new apartments and retail on the prominent site at the corner of Victoria Street and Waring Street, Belfast.

2013 Sept Frameworks appointments for Northern Health & Social Care Trust


2013 Aug New School Building Approved

Planning Approval for PW proposals for extension to Parkgate Primary School, Ballymena for North Eastern Education & Library Board

2013 June PW To Deliver New Production

PW appointed as part of Design & construct team with Lagan Construction to deliver new production premises with "clean room" environment for pharmaceuticals giant Terumo BCT. on a reclaimed site in Port of Larne.


2013 June Appointed to prepare expert's report for conversion of Grade 2* Listed building in Everton, Merseyside

2013 May PW Appointed

Appointed by Four Seasons Nursing Homes to survey twenty of their care homes located in NI, Wales & Isle of Man


2013 May Hermes Pension Fund appoint PW for conversion of existing premises to new coffee shops.

2013 Apr New Costa Coffee unit in Colwyn Bay


2013 Mar PW have been appointed to prepare design appraisal and options for City Centre site at Chichester Street,Belfast

2013 Mar Frameworks appointments for Northern Health & Social Care Trust.


2012 Mar New Urban Coffee unit in The Mailbox, Birmingham

2012 Dec Planning Approval for PW proposals for Arvalee Primary School, Omagh


2012 Sept PW Appointed for School Work

Appointed by Western Education & Library Board to provide proposals and submit Planning Approval for temporary school accommodation following major fire.

2012 June PW prepare proposals for extension to Ards Shopping Centre


2012 June Appointed by First Trust Bank to prepare proposals for refit of a number of their branches.

2012 Apr PW win at Royal Albert Hall!!

Congratulations to Brian McAnoy of our Liverpool office, who, along with his team – which includes Bernard Byrne (our client on the Martins Hotel project in Liverpool), won the national ZUMTOBEL NIGHTGEIST lighting competition held at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of April. Brian and the team competed against 10 other teams from the UK. Their winning installation won praise from the judges for “thinking outside the box”, and highlighted the acoustic mushrooms which hang within the dome of the Royal Albert hall. Their theme was a tongue-in-cheek take on the War of The Worlds – suggesting invasion by flying saucers and was judged to be original and inventive. The team has won a trip to the Berlin Festival of Light in October later this year.


2012 Mar PW at Royal Albert Hall

Congratulations !!!! -  to Brian McAnoy (from our Liverpool office) and Bernard Byrne (our client on the Martins Bank Hotel project). Together Brian and Bernard have won the Liverpool round of the Zumtobel BEGA Night Giest which was staged in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

Their design and execution of an installation illuminating part of the fine interior of the Cathedral beat five other entries.

They now progress to the national finals in April competing to a similar brief in The Royal Albert Hall in London!!!

2012 Feb BBC House of the Year 2012 Award

New dwelling on north coast designed by Povall Worthington receives award on BBC House of the Year 2012. More information on the project click here. Also featured on Architectural blog Habitables: click here for more information.

2012 Jan Orpins Mill Planning Approval

Planning Approval has been granted for our proposals for phases 2 & 3 of conversion of a group of listed barns and outbuildings on a large estate in Co Antrim.

2011 Dec Health Campus Bootle

PW have been appointed to prepare feasibility studies for a new health centre in Bootle, Merseyside. Facilities will include surgeries for several GP practices, consulting rooms for other medical disciplines and a retail and dispensing pharmacy.


2011 Nov

Planning Approval Salford

Planning Approval been granted PW proposals for a major mixed development comprising, hotel, offices, and apartments with total floor area of 49,000 sqm . The site is located at Exchange Quay, Salford in close proximity to BBC Media City and Old Trafford football stadium.

2011 Nov Cappy Cornmill Planning Approval

This exciting conversion proposal has gained Planning Approval. It involves re-use and extension of a fine stone built former mill in a secluded part of the Lakelands 80 miles west of Belfast



2011 Nov

Planning Approval Liverpool

Proposals for conversion of Grade 2 listed Martins Building on Water Street to a luxury hotel have gained Planning  Approval.

A start on site is scheduled for early 2012


2011 Oct Food Store Manchester

PW appointed as architects to design new neighbourhood food outlet at Partington Manchester for a major retailer. It is a very prominent site and design development requiring collaborative discussion with Planning Authority

2011 Oct Waitrose

Extension to the Waitrose retail unit at Wallingford Road, Wantage has been successfully completed. PW were lead consultants and are appointed in other aspects of ongoing work at the centre.


2011 Oct

Glengormley Park

Planning Approval granted for PW proposals for Social Housing project at Glengormley, Co Antrim



2011 Oct

PW design for "city centre living"

Read press commentary on the Montgomery Street project:-




2011 Sept

Planning Approval

Approval has been granted for PW proposals for a 14 storey studio apartment scheme in the centre of Belfast in the vicinity of the City Hall.




Surveys in Scotland

PW appointed by North Ayrshire Council to conduct 300 condition surveys.


2010 Health Projects

Povall Worthington has been appointed by Northern Health & Social Care Trust to design and project manage a number of improvement schemes for existing premises throughout the region

2010 Travelodge Completed

The latest Travelodge hotel has been completed in Colwyn Bay North Wales. Povall Worthington provided the full range of services from initial design through to completion. During design development stages there was extensive discussion with Planning Authority to achieve a building form and appearance meeting their requirements.




All at Povall Worthington extend congratulations to technician Scott Cackett who recently married fiancé Christine. Following their honeymoon in Rhodes they have set up home in Bangor, Co Down.

2010 Barry returns!!

Senior surveyor Barry McDermott has returned to Povall Worthington after a sabbatical year working for a surveying practice in New Zealand. During his time with that practice he successfully opened a new branch office in Wellington. We are now looking for opportunities to develop the link with New Zealand.



Shopping Centre South Wales

PW has been appointed to review H & S installations across roof levels of Beacon Place Shopping Centre in Merthyr Tydfil

2009 Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to Cathal and Caroline on the birth of their second child Alan, a brother for Emily



Bridge Park Plaza Leicester

PW appointed by owners of Bridge Park Plaza Business Complex to investigate water leak problems and propose remedial measures




Custom House Residence commended at RICS Awards

Custom House Residence designed by PW is a high density, luxury apartment development. It overlooks Custom House Square, a major public space in the city and it is surrounded by historic listed buildings. The completed scheme has been commended in the category of Regeneration at the 2010 RICS Awards. The awards were given out at a ceremony in the Great Hall, Queens University, Belfast. This award recognizes projects contributing exceptional improvements within urban, rural or coastal areas.



PW opens office in Liverpool

Povall Worthington has opened an office in Liverpool at 2nd Floor, Martins Building, Water Street. Brian McAnoy is the director at the office. Povall Worthington have a significant number of clients with interests in both Ireland and UK and after securing an appointment to prepare designs and submit a  Planning Application for conversion of Martins Building to a 5* hotel the opportunity presented itself to strengthen coverage for our clients and the opportunity was taken to have a permanent presence in Liverpool. Two of the practice directors studied in Liverpool and historically, the original Povall Worthington practice was founded in Liverpool growing to a strong practice throughout the UK during the 1970's to the early 1990's.