Planners give go-ahead to ‘funky’ hotel and student village in Liverpool

Architects at Falconer Chester Hall, acting on behalf of Niveda Group, has secured consent to build a 160-bedroom Marriott Moxy Hotel and a Fresh Student Village. Tony McDonough reports

Marriott Moxy
Niveda Group is to build a Marriott Moxy Hotel and Fresh Student Village in Liverpool


A new ‘funky’ boutique hotel and ‘student village’ have been given the go-ahead by city planners in Liverpool.

Architects at Falconer Chester Hall (FCH), acting on behalf of developer Niveda Group, has secured consent to build a 160-bedroom Marriott Moxy Hotel and a Fresh Student Village, with 404 apartments.

Close to Renshaw Street and fronting onto Oldham Square, the project on what is currently a vacant car park, has been revised from the original plans with a reduction in the number of blocks from three to two.

The site sits between the Ropewalks, the Rodney Street conservation area and Liverpool’s two city centre university campuses. The front onto Oldham Square will be animated via an active commercial frontage.

The Marriott Moxy brand was launched by the global hotel giant to capture a younger trendier audience aiming for affordable luxury and a offering a less formal air than a standard Marriott Hotel.

Project architect Quentin Keohane said: “It’s a really striking scheme with quality public realm that will bring the area to life.  Both operators bring something fresh to the city.

“The scheme will be primarily of brick and the vertical proportions reflect the tall hoist wells seen in the Ropewalks area. The upper levels are finished in Zinc to pick up on the traditional materials used in the roofscape of the conservation areas adjacent and to help the scheme blend seamlessly into the city’s skyline.”

The scheme was designed by FCH Architects and the planning consultants are Zerum.

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