The Echo Building is currently the tenth tallest building in Liverpool. Standing at 73 metres and with 18 storeys, it is a landmark on the city’s skyline. The building previously housed the Liverpool Echo newspaper printing rooms and press offices, however much of the space has remained vacant for a number of years.
The building was originally constructed in the 1970s in the Brutalist style; the new development sought to preserve and retain the prominence of the existing shape, style and aesthetic – while improving, cleaning, modernising and repairing the neglected elevations.
Corstorphine + Wright designed a scheme to revitalise the overall site, which sits within a popular business area. The refurbishment and adaptation will include a 207-bed 4-star hotel within the existing 15-storey tower. This will have communal areas including a restaurant/bar within an open ‘living lounge’, as well as a conference area with its own café. A new rooftop sky bar open to the public will provide panoramic views across the city and the renowned World Heritage waterfront. Further amenities will include a commercial gym and parking facilities.
The proposal supports continued office use coupled with the introduction of retail space, which will better integrate the building with the street frontage, in order to enhance and activate the public realm at ground level.
The scheme is currently under construction and due to complete in 2020.