Plans for a new Mersey hotel could create 50 jobs

A developer is seeking planning permission to convert a Grade II-listed Merseyside building into a hotel and restaurant, creating up to 50 jobs. Tony McDonough reports

Grade II-listed Harrison House in Maghull


Mikhail Hotels & Leisure Holdings has unveiled plans to convert an historic Merseyside building into a luxury country hotel and restaurant, creating 50 up to jobs.

If approved, the project would see the Grade II-listed Harrison House, on Liverpool Road South in Maghull, transformed into a hotel with a restaurant, bar and lounge, with a single storey rear extension. It is being designed by Clayton Architecture in Ainsdale.

Mikhail has submitted a planning application to transform. The company has already invested millions of pounds to create an portfolio in the North West. It properties on Lord Street in Southport include: The Bold Hotel on Lord Street; the Lord Street Hotel; and the Punch Tarmey’s Irish themed bar.

In his Design and Access Statement to Sefton Council, Clayton Architecture owner Joe Clayton wrote: “The property is truly stunning. It is no secret that the Mikhail Group has a passion for resorting or renovating buildings of significant local or historical importance. Listed status is something that we are familiar with and embrace.

“Properties are generally listed for good reason and all the architectural beauty of Harrison House is what attracts us to such a development.

“At the start of each project the aim is to bring the building to life, to appreciate and restore its existing features and highlight them to our benefit. We aim to restore buildings and complement their characteristics while at the same time tastefully adding a standard of finish that would be expected of modern society when they visit a high end hospitality venue.”

Mr Clayton added that it was anticipated Harrison House to be a food and drink led-venue. He also said: “Employment is largely dependent on trade but we do not doubt the potential of this location and the operation will need as many as 50 members to form a team and deliver a service to the Mikhail Group standard.”

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