Major Project

Lime Street Gateway


First impressions are always important.  That’s why Liverpool City Council’s Regeneration department has worked with Ion Developments on a £39million scheme to transform the north eastern side of Lime Street

This key street is one of the first seen by visitors arriving in the city at Lime Street Station, which is also about to undergo it’s biggest upgrade since the 19th century, and improving it has been a key ambition for many years.

The new development sees the creation of a 101 bedroom Premier Inn hotel with restaurant, bar and meeting rooms accessed from a newly created podium level off Skelhorne Street/Bolton Street.  Fronting Bolton Street there will be an eleven storey, 412 bedroom student residential block, with ground floor leisure space for cafes and restaurants facing the other way onto the pavement of Lime Street itself.

There has been strong support for the dynamic urban character of the design and the lighting element which recaptures an essential part of Lime Street’s historic identity and ambience.

Further plans currently in preparation will see an additional £11 million invested in refurbishing the former ABC Cinema on the opposite side of the street as both a TV studio and a performance venue capable of holding crowds of up to 1,500 for live performances.  The building’s famous Art Deco auditorium will be preserved and enhanced to create a venue of international standing.

In February 2020 the city council also endorsed a masterplan for the Upper Central area (around Lime Street) with a view to developing this 56 acre gateway to the city’s Knowledge Quarter, with the potential to create 7,000 new jobs.


A modern gateway to a world class city

  • Lime Street Gateway

Quick facts

  • Site area
    0.35 hectares / 0.85 acres
  • Developer
    Regeneration Liverpool and Neptune In Partnership
  • Suitable uses
    Hotel, student accommodation, leisure
  • Value
  • Timescale
    2016 - 2018
  • Project manager

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    0151 233 0250