North Western Hotel, Liverpool

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North Western Hotel
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North Western Hotel
Coordinates53°24′30″N 2°58′44″W / 53.40827°N 2.97881°W / 53.40827; -2.97881Coordinates: 53°24′30″N 2°58′44″W / 53.40827°N 2.97881°W / 53.40827; -2.97881
OS grid referenceSJ 350 906
Built forLondon and North Western Railway
ArchitectAlfred Waterhouse
Architectural style(s)French Renaissance
Governing bodyJohn Moores University
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated28 June 1952
Reference no.1084209
North Western Hotel, Liverpool is located in Merseyside
North Western Hotel, Liverpool
Location in Merseyside

The Radisson North Western Hotel is on the east side of Lime Street, Liverpool, England, fronting Lime Street railway station. The building is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


Opened as a railway hotel in 1871[2] by the London and North Western Railway the hotel served Lime Street railway station. The design was by Alfred Waterhouse, containing 330 rooms. The hotel closed in 1933, subsequently becoming Lime Street Chambers for a while before closing once again. In 1994 the building was bought by John Moores University and, at a cost of £6 million, was converted into a hall of residence for students, opening in 1996.[3] It was announced on 28 September 2018 that the building will be restored as a hotel by the Marcus Worthington Group at a cost of £30m. It will reopen as the Radisson RED Liverpool Hotel in 2020.[4]


The building is constructed in stone with a slate roof in the Renaissance Revival style resembling a French château. The baroque details are in the Second Empire style, common for this time period. It has five storeys, a basement and an attic, and is in 21 bays. The end bays and the bays flanking the three-bay centre are carried up into towers. The central entrance is round-arched, and is flanked by Doric columns.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Lime Street Chambers (Former North Western Hotel) (1084209)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 18 September 2012
  2. ^ "The London and North-Western Railway Company's New Hotel at the Lime Street Station, Liverpool". Illustrated London News. England. 18 March 1871. Retrieved 2 May 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ Pye, Ken (2011), Discover Liverpool, Liverpool: Trinity Mirror Media, p. 26, ISBN 978-1-906802-90-5
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