Aloft Hotel, Liverpool

The conversion of Liverpool’s landmark Royal Insurance Building into a stylish Aloft Hotel has brought this historic listed building back to life after 20 years of closure.

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The Project

Located on No.1 North John Street, the Aloft Liverpool Hotel offers 116 luxury rooms and a restaurant in the heart of Liverpool city centre. It is situated in the former Royal Insurance Building – a Grade II listed building that had been disused for 20 years. The conversion removed the historic Neo-Baroque building, which was originally constructed in 1896, from English Heritage’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ register and breathed life back into one of Liverpool’s most iconic properties. HE Simm undertook the Design and Build MEP services for this development, following a year of consultations, trials and surveying.

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Project Objectives

Aloft is the destination brand from Starwood Hotels which wished to ‘shake up the staid and traditional mid-market hotel sector’. Our client aimed to create a stylish, comfortable hotel that retained the character and grandeur of the original listed building. They wanted to conserve as many of the building’s original features as possible, including high ceilings and oversized windows; whilst also giving the development a modern contemporary feel with plenty of tech-savvy features.

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Project Challenges

This project involved the refurbishment of a building that had been out of use for 20 years and was missing part of its roof. As a result, certain aspects of the property were in poor condition and required much care and attention to restore them to full working order. Working on a historic property that is over 100 years also meant working within the confines of a listed building and all technology had to be installed under the watchful eye of the English Building Heritage.

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The Results

The project was completed with great success, achieving excellent levels of satisfaction from our client, who expressed great pride at the quality of the conversion. The building has received support from a wide range of members of the community, who were pleased to see the beautiful building restored to its former glory. English Heritage also expressed approval at the conversion and were able to remove it from their ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.

Meet the Team

Lee Smith, Project Manager

As Project Manager, Lee worked closely with the hotel management team, the English Building Heritage and our client, Balfour Beatty to ensure that all parties’ expectations were exceeded. All project teams appreciated Lee’s ongoing communication and collaboration, as well as his unwavering professionalism and attention to detail. Lee also directed HE Simm’s post-completion support which was praised by a satisfied client as ‘flawless’.

“I have found HE Simm to be fully conversant in every approach and professional to the core. You are always contactable and helpful, not to mention trustworthy and have made my day-to-day work at the hotel less stressful at a very busy period. You have seen the project through right to the end and have remained focussed of the outcome throughout. You have delivered your services to the hotel to a very high standard and your aftercare has been flawless.”

Tim Nugent, Maintenance Manager, Aloft Hotel