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Historic city centre building could become a Jungle Rumble mini golf course

One of Liverpool’s most iconic city centre buildings could be turned into a Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course under new plans submitted to the council.

Jungle Rumble wants to build a golf course, bar and hospitality facilities inside the famous Lyceum building on Bold Street.

Spanning more than 25,000sq ft, the Neoclassical Grade II* listed building was constructed in 1802 and sits on one of the busiest streets in the city, as the Liverpool Echo reports.

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The firm operates mini-golf courses across the UK, with venues in London, Glasgow, Bristol and Brighton.

Designed by architect Thomas Harrison, the Lyceum was built by William Slater as a library and gentlemen’s club but has been subdivided and converted in the past for a variety of uses including a post office, restaurants and bars.

A Chinese restaurant currently occupies the north west end of the basement but the rest of the building is currently vacant.

Jungle Rumble has submitted a formal planning application to Liverpool City Council, that would see it convert the ground floor and basement of the central part and south east end of the Lyceum into a mini-indoor golf and entertainment centre.

If approved, the plans would see some minor alterations to the inside of the famous building and the installation of removable fixtures.

Jungle Rumble intends to lease a total area of 1,174 sq m of the site, including parts of the basement and ground floor of the building and the creation of a new mezzanine.

There would be no alterations made to the outside of the iconic building, aside from signage and an ‘upgraded access door into Lyceum Place.’

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The proposals would seek to re-establish the original front door of the Lyceum as its principal entrance, which would take guests into the former library via the lobby. Rumble Jungle said this would allow guests to experience much of the original dramatic experience of entering the building as intended by its original architect.

A new reception and bar area would be created in the former library, with further bar seating areas on the balcony.

The plans state: “At present, that part of The Lyceum which forms the application site is vacant. The applicants propose to lease part of the building for conversion to an indoor mini-golf and entertainment centre.

“The over-riding effect of the proposed conversion will be to return this part of the building to beneficial hospitality use, not too dissimilar to the most recent use of this part of the building as a bar and restaurant.”

“It is proposed that the new use will encourage more people to move around the interior in an active way, rather than being sat for long periods at a single table and so the new use will encourage better understanding and appreciation of the building.”

“The principle of the proposed conversion and re-use of the building will thus have a Large beneficial Impact on the building itself and the Duke Street Conservation Area by bringing the building back into a sustainable and viable use which will ensure the long-term conservation of the building.”

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