The Littlewoods Building
The Littlewoods Building is a fine example of Art Deco architecture and the building is important in Liverpool’s history both to its commercial, and wartime efforts.
The building sits on a plateau on one of the highest points in Liverpool, Edge Hill, not far from the city centre.
It is almost cathedralesque with its central clock tower flanked by two wings. Its simple form and clean lines give it that ocean liner style which was so wonderfully fresh and new at the time of construction. This was as cool as you could get.
It was commissioned by one of the wealthiest individuals in the United Kingdom, John Moores who started his business selling shoelaces in Dale St before forming the Littlewoods pools’ empire.
North West developer Capital & Centric have obtained planning permission to refurbish the 150,000 sq ft Littlewoods Building and convert it into a range of modern day uses including a 104-bed hotel, office and business space.
Littlewoods Phase 1 - The Bunker
Capital & Centric are now on site with the first phase of its scheme to bring the former Littlewoods buildings in Edge Lane in Liverpool back into use. The Bunker building was originally designed for the storage of Littlewoods catalogues.
It will be a £4m conversion of a derelict warehouse known as “the Bunker” into small office suites for micro businesses and growing small and medium-sized enterprises, totaling 17,500 sq ft. The architectural design is a simple yet bold idea of slotting a new box within the original concrete frame.
“We’re going to create cool new unique offices that are light and spacious, with plenty of parking, raised carpeted floors, super fast broadband, energy efficient lighting and some really nice toilets” Capital and Centric
The office suites at the Bunker building will start from 1,000 sq ft to 14,600 sq ft and a new access and car park is being created for it off Innovation Boulevard.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “In such a difficult market is fantastic to see work beginning to bring new life to this important Liverpool landmark.
“The refurbishment of the Littlewoods buildings is a vital part of our plans to regenerate the wider Edge Lane area, creating new jobs and opportunities for growth”.