Mama Shelter lands Liverpool property

Photo of the George Henry Lee Building in Liverpool courtesy of Reading Tom via Flickr.
Ennismore brand Mama Shelter will be doubling its UK presence with a £25 million redevelopment in Liverpool.

Expected to open in 2025, Mama Shelter Liverpool will open in the George Henry Lee Building, which used to house a John Lewis department store.

UK second

Ennismore and Landlab, a Dubai-based Design and Development Group, entered exclusive negotiations to bring Mama Shelter’s personality to the north of England. This will be the brand’s second destination in the UK, following the opening of Shoreditch, London in 2019.

Mama Shelter’s new home in Liverpool has been largely vacant in recent years. Built in the mid-1800s, the building began as a bonnet store before being sold to the John Lewis Partnership in 1940.

Signature elements

As part of the redevelopment project, the building’s 153,000 sq. ft interiors will be transformed into 175 rooms. The new Mama will also boast a sports bar concept, Spa Mama Skin, karaoke rooms, 10-pin bowling, a Cinemama, co-working space and a signature Mama rooftop bar and restaurant. The brand also teased ‘a few more surprises’ by the time the hotel opens.

Located within walking distance of Liverpool One, Concert Square and Liverpool’s various historical landmarks. Liverpudlians and travellers to Liverpool can expect Mama Shelter to serve as a community hub of activity through music, entertainment and urban design.

Global expansion

Since its launch 15 years ago, Mama Shelter’s design-led concept has led to 17 operating hotels across France and in cities including Los Angeles, Lisbon and Rome.

Continuing with its global expansion, Mama opened two new properties this year in Rennes and Dijon, France, and in 2024 and beyond will open in Dubai, UAE; Nice, France; Medellin, Colombia; Casablanca, Morocco; and Zurich, Switzerland.