But mayor Joe Anderson told the Liverpool ECHO that the council “wouldn’t shirk from a compulsory purchase of the property if Britannia didn’t move fast enough.”
He said: “Eighty years ago the Adelphi was the most famous hotel not just in Liverpool but in the whole country and in Europe. But you see from ECHO stories and letters that right now people think it’s not at its best. We want it to be at its best.
“We can work with them (Britannia) to achieve that and we encourage them to do that. If not then we’ve got powers that we’re not going to shirk from. It’s not a threat, it’s a fact. We’ve done it in the past and we’ll do it in the future.”
The area around the hotel is set to be transformed as part of the wider £2bn Knowledge Quarter scheme to regenerate the area from Lime Street to the universities.