Consultation launches for Liverpool’s tallest tower

A public consultation will be held today on Ovatus II, designed by architect Hodder + Partners, which if built will be Liverpool’s tallest building at 48 storeys.

CGIs were first revealed of the project in January last year, and developer 122 Old Street Limited is now preparing a planning application for the scheme, which is set to include around 530 apartments over 48 storeys, as well as an underground car park and new landscaping.

The project has already gone through the pre-application process and the public exhibition is due to be held today between 2pm and 8:30pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Old Hall Street, ahead of a full planning application being submitted later in the year.

In a letter inviting neighbours and consultees to the event, the developer said the building would be an “architectural landmark providing high-quality residential options within the city”.

At 48 storeys, Ovatus II would top the existing West Tower on the waterfront, which reaches 40 storeys, as the city’s tallest building.

The development is intended to act as a sister tower to Ovatus I, a 27-storey scheme which secured planning permission in April 2017. This tower totals 168 homes, including a mix of studios, one-beds, two-beds, and three-beds.

Both buildings are being brought forward by developer Prospect Capital and Liverpool-based wealth manager Willcocks & Willcocks, under the special purpose vehicle for Ovatus II, 122 Old Street Limited.

An existing Shop Direct data centre sits on the site of Ovatus II, which will need to be vacated before construction starts. The developers originally said construction work on Ovatus I would begin in April last year, but no construction has taken place to date.

The professional team on the project includes WSP, Indigo Planning, and Planit-IE.

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