Staycity has confirmed plans to open 202 studio, one- and two-bed apartments in Liverpool’s famous Corn Exchange building, creating up to 40 full and part-time jobs.
The building is expected to open towards the end of 2017.
The fast-expanding serviced apartment operator, with headquarters in Dublin, has signed a long-term lease on the former offices. A contractor for the project has yet to be appointed.
The Corn Exchange lies in the heart of the Liverpool’s commercial region close to James Street Merseyrail Station, the retail and leisure development Liverpool One, Albert Dock and the new BT Convention centre.
Staycity already operates 56 apartments in a former residential building on nearby Duke Street, which opened in 2009.
“The Corn Exchange is an exciting project for us as it’s such a well-known building in a thriving area of the city,” said Staycity CEO Tom Walsh.
“Our European expansion will take us to 10,000 apartments by the end of 2021 but it’s important that we also have a strong foothold in the UK’s major cities. Liverpool gives us a fantastic mix of leisure and corporate guests with a proven demand for aparthotels.”
In line with Staycity’s latest openings the premises, which opens onto Drury Lane, will have an open-plan seating area where guests can work or eat and where premium coffees and teas will be available along with continental breakfasts, light snacks and lunches.
All Staycity properties have a 24-hour reception with fully equipped kitchens and dining area, sitting area and bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and weekly housekeeping. Staycity Corn Exchange will have a guest laundry, fitness room, parking for 53 cars, and luggage lockers.
Staycity serviced apartments and aparthotels can now be found in eight major cities across the UK and Europe. Since November 2015 the company has opened in Birmingham Newhall Square (170 apartments) as well as extending its Heathrow site to a total of 269 apartments.
This year sees further openings in Marseille (108 apartments) and York (190), with Lyon (144), London Covent Garden (106) and Manchester (182) scheduled to open in 2017.