Radisson Hospitality AB announced the signing of the Radisson RED Liverpool in the UK. Radisson RED Liverpool will be set within the historic North Western Hotel building, which will undergo a £30m refurbishment by UK-based developer, and the building’s owner, Marcus Worthington Group.
Opened as a railway hotel in 1871 by the London and North Western Railway the hotel served Lime Street railway station. The design was by Alfred Waterhouse, containing 330 rooms. The hotel closed in 1933, subsequently becoming Lime Street Chambers for a while before closing once again. In 1994 the building was bought by John Moores University and, at a cost of £6 million, was converted into a hall of residence for students, opening in 1996.
The building is constructed in stone with a slate roof in the Renaissance Revival style resembling a French château. The baroque details are in the Second Empire style, common for this time period. It has five storeys, a basement and an attic, and is in 21 bays. The end bays and the bays flanking the three-bay centre are carried up into towers. The central entrance is round-arched, and is flanked by Doric columns.
Due to open in 2020 the hotel will have 202 guestrooms, a restaurant and bar, a gym and a meetings and events space.