Hotel chain Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has completed a deal to open two hotels in Liverpool’s Central Village development.

The Millennium & Copthorne hotels will be part of the £160m Central Village joint venture between Merepark and Ballymore.

The two establishments will create in excess of 400 new hotel rooms in the city.

The Copthorne Hotel Liverpool will face onto Newington Square and the Boardwalk public spaces. The 4-star Millennium Hotel Liverpool will be created in the refurbished and extended grade II listed Watson Building adjacent to the Lewis's building.

The hotels, designed by architects Woods Bagot, will be aimed at corporate, meetings and leisure customers and will feature conference facilities; function space; a gym/spa; bars and restaurants for both residents and public use and car parking.

Planning approval was granted last year and work is due to begin on site in 2009 with both scheduled to open in 2011.

Richard Hartman, chief executive officer for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, said: ‘The addition of these two Liverpool hotels to our growing UK portfolio marks a significant step forward in our intention to manage properties in the best locations available.’

Savills is the letting agent for the scheme.