Capes has ben in post a little over 18 months. Credit: via IfWeRanTheZoo

Capes appointed to lead Liverpool Waters 

Peel L&P has appointed Liverpool City Council’s Chris Capes as director of development for its £5bn Liverpool Waters project, replacing the outgoing Darran Lawless. 

Capes, who joined the council as development team leader in 2019, will take up his position at Peel L&P in June.  

He will take over from Lawless who is leaving Peel L&P to join the board of build-to-rent specialist Placefirst after three years as Liverpool Waters lead, as revealed by Place North West in March.  

The waterfront regeneration scheme, a 20m sq ft mixed-use development spanning 150 acres of the city’s docklands, comprises Regenda’s 105-apartment Plaza 1821, which is now complete, and the 31-storey Patagonia Place, plans for which were approved last year. 

Moda Living’s 34-storey residential tower The Lexington is due to complete later this year, while the new Isle of Man Ferry terminal, which is now on site, is expected to complete in 2022. 

Everton FC’s new £500m stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is also located within Liverpool Waters. 

Chris Capes said: “The regeneration of the city’s waterfront, in line with the incredible vision for the Liverpool Waters site, is vitally important for the whole region and I look forward to driving its progress.”  

James Whittaker, executive director of development at Peel L&P, said: “With a range of projects onsite, several in the planning stages, and the recent approval of the new Everton stadium, there has never been a more exciting time to lead the Liverpool Waters team.” 

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When Peel says this project will provide 20 million sq ft of mixed use space, does this mean the original calculation or is it based on current estimates?
I would like to see faster progress on this whole site as we are still awaiting activity on Patagonia tower, the Cruise Terminal and it`s hotel. There are difficulties with heritage issues and some of the taller building s might not happen eg Shanghai tower, but I would hope 3/4 further tall buildings appear to boost the skyline, so let`s hope Chris Capes can get things moving.

By Anonymous

Well done Chris. Good luck with the new role.

By Andy Delaney

I’m all for new modern high rises on the water front but The Lexington looks like a 90s Block of flats. Doesn’t look anything like the original designs it’s a dirty beige colour! A few brown envelopes definitely been passed around for that thing to get the go ahead!

By Ross

Congratulations Chris,how very exciting to be involved in such schemes for our much loved Liverpool waterfront.

By Vee Mcallister

And still we wait.Hope they actually get on with building something decent and all of those many renders and promises over the years turn into something. I am not hopeful.

By Wirralwanderer

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