Troia, the group behind the chain of upmarket restaurants and bars, has been given the go-ahead by Liverpool city council to transform part of the grade two-listed building on Water Street as part of plans to open the new restaurant.
Formerly occupied by Natwest bank but most recently by, Your Space-operated serviced offices, the 15,300 sq. ft. building has been unoccupied since 2017 and is next to India Buildings, which are also currently being overhauled by fit-out specialist, Overbury ahead of HM Revenue & Customs’ relocation.
Plans were initially proposed last autumn but only got the go ahead in recent days, although it is still unclear how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the proposals.
Illustrations submitted with the planning application show the ground floor transformed into a large restaurant complete with central bar.
The Ivy has 33 branches across the country, with the vast majority of those in London.
The Manchester iteration, which opened in November 2018, is the nearest to Liverpool, with other outlets in Leeds and Harrogate.
The original Ivy restaurant is in the West End of London and operates as a fine dining experience, with its other branches split into, Ivy Cafes, and Ivy Grills and Brasseries which offer more casual dining.
All Ivy’s branches outside the capital operate as Ivy Grills and Brasseries promising, ‘extensive all-day menus featuring the best of modern British dishes in a relaxed dining atmosphere’.
Ivy group’s website says, “Each Grill and Brasserie is sophisticated yet approachable, casual yet polished and can be found in carefully selected locations both in London and beyond.”
The plans for the project are being synchronised by Pegasus, with Pumphouse Designs responsible for the layout.