Former Wapping Station, Carpenter Investments, p planning docs

Proposals form the first phase of a wider masterplan for the former Wapping Station site. Credit: via planning documents

Approval lined up for Liverpool’s former Wapping Station regeneration

Carpenter Investments is eyeing the Baltic Triangle site for the creation of a 261-unit apartment block, which would reach up to 13 storeys at its tallest point.

Liverpool City Council is expected to approve Carpenter’s plans at a planning meeting next Tuesday to regenerate part of the plot formerly occupied by Liverpool’s Wapping Station. Currently a vacant car park, the land sits off Kings Dock Street and Sparling Street.

Drawn up by L7 Architects, Carpenter’s in-house design team, the proposals feature 104 one-, 136 two-, and 21 three-bedroom apartments, with 30 of those proposed to be accessible.

Around 14,000 sq ft of commercial space would also be delivered, as well as a 600 sq ft office on the first floor.

A total of 69 car parking spaces, including 14 accessible and 10 electric vehicle charging bays, would be provided in the basement. There would also be 292 cycle spaces located on the lower ground floor.

The six-acre site was originally a rope-making works, before it was redeveloped in 1830 to become Wapping Station, the world’s first goods terminus on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The station remained operational until 1972, when it was closed and subsequently demolished.

Known as One Kings Dock Street, the development has been designed in line with the Baltic Strategic Regeneration Framework as phase one of the wider mixed-use redevelopment of the former train station plot.

Carpenter submitted the plans for the first phase last November, originally seeking to create 257 apartments. However, the development has since been revised to reduce the overall height of the building and its impact on its surroundings, while also increasing the number of flats.

The Planning Studio is advising the developer on the proposals. Also on the project team are GIA Surveys, Carpenter Build, Mulberry TMC, Kingdom Ecology, SCP Transport Consulting, TERM Engineering, and Ensafe.

ADS is the noise consultant. CC Geotechnical is the geotechnical engineer.

Want to learn more about the project? Search for application number 22F/2748 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.

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Decent looking scheme this, hopefully it can progress to onsite early next year.

By Anonymous

The key phrase everyone is looking for is ‘since revised to reduce the overall height of the building’. Happy to have saved you time.

By More Anonymous than the others

Yes even though the Council tell us they are changing their outlook we still get a height reduction from 15 down to 13 storeys so ” it fits in with its surrounding” one word Pathetic. If everything had to fit in with its surroundings nothing changes and Liverpool is being strangled by a warped ,out of date , political minority who are anti profit, antii development and devoid of vision.

By Anonymous

Why the liverpool authorities so obsessed with lowering building heights ? Once these buildings are built. It won’t be demolishes anytime soon.

By Yang

Wow, something is going to have to be done about planning, especially if Steve’s grand target of 80,000, new homes is to be met.

By Anonymous

Far too tall for this location. And how much of this lump is affordable?
The Council should hang their head in shame.

By Anonymous

Reduced height again. Really…

By Anonymous

Anon@10.33 you are spot on . Its now beyond embarrassing its actually harmful to the city this ludicrous and bizarre self appointed nonsense on height. Instead of all of these 10 year nonsense strategy forums how about clearing out the faceless planners and making the city forward facing not run by the flat earth society . The silence is deafening from LCC yet the noise and utter frustration on here seems to be totally ignored

By Paul M - Woolton

Plannings various restrictions are proving extremely inefficient in regenerating the city. This is a problem that needs sorting by the civic leadership if they are to deliver on their own promises regarding new homes. The noise is growing louder.

By Anonymous

Can anyone on here remember when a scheme above 16 storeys was allowed through by the LCC planning committee.
We’ve had Pall Mall Press at 22 floors but that was an old scheme already with planning permission,as is Patagonia Place at 31 storeys. The Nextdom proposal on Leeds St at 17 storeys was kb’d as “not needed in that area” and reduced to 10 floors ,as was another high-rise on Waterloo Road reduced from 40 to floors 16 floors which is nowhere to be seen.

By Anonymous

Where is the new Baltic station going please?

By Bobby Dawson

Good design, decent articulation and balconies

By Yoshi

Yet again Liverpool settles for another cheap and uninspiring development on a major waterfront site. Once again a case of better than nothing.

By Stephen Davis

does any article on liverpool not include “reduce the height” hilarious

By Anonymous

Bobby Dawson@12:33 The station is on the junction of Upper Parliament St / Gt George St – basically where it was before it closed back in 1917(!) but with more of a street presence this time.

By WayFay

This is of course also the site where the world’s first railway tunnel under a city disgorged. I hope the heritage features relating to the Wapping Tunnel are protected, and it would be extremely short sighted not to leave space for a transport connection that might reuse the tunnel in the future. Space should be left for a railway or light railway to be reinstated here! The disused tunnel is still there to link the Waterfront to Edge Hill and Paddington Village. The proposed new fast route between Liverpool and Manchester may need to terminate at Edge Hill or Paddington Village! This tunnel could provide one of the connections to Merseyrail and the rest of the city.

By Roscoe

Not a handsome building. 10 floors is high enough.

By Val Williams

How about returning it back into some form of natural environment instead. We don’t need more apartments nor humans.

By Dennis Hep

November 30, 2023 at 10:19 am
By Dennis Hep. Cool, great input.

By Anonymous

I am impressed!! Lovely stuff

By Balcony Warrior

@ Dennis Hep, you don’t like humans then? you know, the ones that empty your bins, serve you in shops, look after you in hospital,….oh well.

By Anonymous

Love the greenery but what does it really look like?!

By Mel

Let’s hope they keep a carpark. Underground if necessary. It’s hell trying to park around here.

By Anon

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