Council approval secured for £5m Liverpool apartment scheme

SEP Construction Services is moving forward with plans to build 26 apartments on Marlborough Street in the Vauxhall neighbourhood.

Liverpool City Council gave the project the green light on its 15 June meeting.

Liverpool-based architecture firm Studio RBA designed the project, which will be 21,095 sq ft. Of that, 15,750 sq ft will be lettable, divvied up between 23 one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom ones. Young professionals and post-graduate students are the targeted tenants for the homes.

Entrances will be on two sides of the building, one on Pickop Street and the other on Marlborough. The Pickop Street side will rise to three storeys, while the Marlborough side will have six storeys. No parking is included in the scheme.

Construction is expected to begin later this summer and complete in winter 2022.

Others involved with the project include The Planning Studio, Davies Partnership on building services and Shape Engineering on civils and structure.

The site was previously used as a car park. A previous attempt to develop it in 2002 and transform the space into a five-storey retail and apartment building was withdrawn by applicant Parkscale.

The Marlborough apartment project is the second time Studio RBA has worked with SEP, having also designed the developer’s St Anne Street apartment project. That scheme is also in Liverpool.

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Have all the previous apartment blocks in the centre of Liverpool been occupied ?
Do we really need more ? Are they going to be rented or sold or left empty ?

By Anonymous

Where is this all going to end? How many of these high rise buildings are empty, yet they continue to build more.
The structure of Liverpool is changing and not for the better.


Good to see this progressing through planning despite the usual short-sighted objections about height or “no need for more flats round here”.
Let`s hope the council can now see that honest developers will be a benefit to the city, and we should not let our inner city areas become low-rise boring vistas just because people with no sense of urban design want to get their visionless own way.

By Anonymous

Great to see this being approved and providing much needed homes for people.
Going by the objections from local councillors you would almost think they didn’t want decent living space for young people and trying to retain post university students and help create a growing city.
They wouldn’t want that would they?

By Liverpolitis

As a child I played many a time in Malborough and Pickup Streets, I also in the 1950s accompanying my mother as she shopped in Great Homer Street.

I could believe that the construction of the Poets Corner and Marlborough project would be a wonderful scheme to provide homes for the local young people. Their families have lived in those locations for at least 180 years. However the thought of “young professionals” would be beyond financial be belief.

By Anonymous

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