Designs for Liverpool skyscraper revealed

Images have emerged of a 48-storey tower proposed for Old Hall Street in Liverpool, one of two high-rise residential buildings planned by a joint venture between Prospect Capital and Wilcocks & Wilcocks.

A planning application was submitted before Christmas for Ovatus 1, a 27-storey building designed by Hodder+Partners, which joint venture applicant Prospect and Wilcocks & Wilcocks said would be the smaller of two skyscrapers of a similar style set to be built on the site.

Ovatus 1 totals 168 homes, including 14 three-bed apartments, 88 two-bed apartments, 22 one-bed apartments and 44 studios. Ovatus 2 is expected to include around 500 flats, but details are yet to be confirmed.


Ovatus Two Liverpool 2

At the time of putting in plans for Ovatus 1, Prospect Capital said that an application for Ovatus 2 would follow during 2017. According to the planning documents submitted with Ovatus 1, construction of the second tower would need to wait until Shop Direct vacate the plot in 2020.

If constructed, Ovatus 2 would be the tallest building in Liverpool, topping West Tower on the waterfront which reaches 40 storeys.

The development sits within the buffer zone boundary of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site and is located less than half a mile away from the Princes Dock, which backs onto the waterfront of the River Mersey.

Wirral-registered Prospect Capital is led by director Craig Blackwell. Blackwell is also behind The Residence, an office-to-resi conversion of 90 flats in Liverpool city centre. Wilcocks & Wilcocks is a Liverpool-based wealth manager.

WSP, Indigo Planning and Planit-IE are advising.

Ovatus Two Liverpool 3

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By Elephant

I love this! Hopefully both towers will see the light of day. They look magnificent!

By Anon

Stylish! It’s nice seeing buildings proposed that aren’t bland boxes.

By John.

Looks fantastic!!!!

By simon gorton

I thought it was 48 floors? Lovely buildings though

By Anonymous

Like the design, but the height to width seems a bit jarring to me. Another 5 to 10 floors would help?

By Mike

Nice. Like the textural element to the design.

By AlexF

This knocks 99% of the stuff we are getting in Manchester into a cocked hat. Jealous….

By Gene Walker

I count 48 floors in the render. I would welcome a further 10-15 storeys though.

By Daniel

Gorgeous. Hope the curves survive Value Engineering!

By Rooney

Looks like a good scheme but it will be a shame to see the mirrored building go, I’ve always liked it.

By Anonymous

Great to see some more interesting architectural designs for a change!

By J

Looks great, I hope it goes ahead.

By Tom

Yes please. Now get it built


These will sit just nicely on the stunning Liverpool Skyline.

By fantasticbeast

With these two great additions and further talls envisaged for the Leeds street corridor, this whole area will be a really good expansion of the City centre, things are definitely looking “up” for Liverpool in more ways than one.

By Man on bicycle

Looks expensive. I doubt the residential values in the Liverpool market exist to deliver the design as shown.

By Realist

The site is perfect for such a design, views right across Liverpool Bay and the ideal city backdrop. It’s designs like this in locations like this that are gonna push up the values. No city in England can deliver locations like that.

By Altmouth

It’s like the heart at Media city.

By Lawrence

If we are all honest, its never going to get built is it. Values in Liverpool can no way support it.

Separately though, great looking scheme, why can Hodder deliver something like this in Liverpool but just come up with utter dross for their home city?

By Anonymous

I’m disappointed that both towers appear to lack any features that will activate the streetscape (e.g., retail). Adding that many homes without trying to improve Leeds Street is a significant missed opportunity.

By J.Domingos

The white palette of the facade is important and shows that Hodder have understood that this is a distinguishing feature of Liverpool’s historic downtown, its signature buildings all being in Portland stone. From 3XNs museum to the Indian Buildings this gives a highly characteristic and impressive effect along the entire waterfront. Fantastic, just build it.

By LEighteen

These guys already have a succesful portfolio of apartments in Liverpool, so I guess they know the market and what it’s limitations are.

By Man on bicycle

It would be good to read stories on PNW about Liverpool without also having to endure below the line comments which are very obviously “troll” comments from people trying to talk down Liverpool’s prospects out of parochial envy.

Of course “values in Liverpool” support such developments, hence they are being proposed.

By Mike

With other developments planned in the city too, Liverpool is beginning to rival Dubai.

By Jane Harrad-Roberts

Would be good to see some additional, innovative green space around this development too.

By J


By Shane

Many developers seriously believe Liverpool will eventually surpass other northern cities; they’re in it for the long term and their not just counting short-term returns.

By Altmouth

Tall buildings are expensive and risky; curvy tall buildings are even more so. Just because a landowner produces a nice picture does not necessarily mean they intend, or have the means to deliver it.

It’s construction economics that will determine whether this’ll be built or not rather than rhetorical nonsense over the strength of the local economy or a rebuttal to an imaginary sleight.

By Realist

Gets better and better! Also better than some of the Manchester boxes getting.

By Schwyz

Some big developers/investors are passionate about Liverpool. If you were building your house and you were gonna stay it wouldn’t be just about construction economics.

By Altmouth

Liverpool is a great place to be lots of goods times ahead !

By Karl

Funding in place for both projects, investment is pouring in and Liverpool is the Northern City theirall talking about.

By Developer

Just wait to see what happens if Everton get their waterfront stadium, all of the land around there will suddenly become the hottest property around and Liverpool Waters will finally take off, great times ahead for a city on the up.

By John.

Investment won’t be pouring in if values are depressed. That’s a one way bet to lose money on a large complex scheme.

By Realist

If its not your money I wouldn’t be worried if I were you, unless you are just commenting to try and dis Liverpool and any good news stories that are emerging now.

By Green man

You guys obviously haven’t been to Leeds recently , their shopping and restaurant scene is miles better, they’re also building far more offices and is more popular with students, this is where the investors will go.

By Nick

Not keen! Looks like two cheese graters stood next to each other!

By Bob Dawson

All roads/canals/rail led to Liverpool and its all coming back. Not grim like the Pennines… not relentlessly shrouded in mist, wonderful sunsets, and beautiful river and seascapes, and all part of a vibrant modern yet historic city. My family hale from Manchester and the west country, but we settled in Liverpool because it’s a great place to be and a fantastic place to do business.

By Altmouth

Yet again this has turned into my Dad’s bigger than your Dad,between Liverpool and Manchester. Plus now Leeds is being dragged in. Liverpudlians accept that this is a good coup for the city and Manchester just carry on with what you are doing. Leeds is not in the North West,but was a fine city when I went last. These cities are vital to the North’s future. Can we not be glad if all of them get good structures? Liverpool and Manchester are closer than East and West London,as are Leeds and Manchester. This parochialism is tedious.

By Elephant

Great seeing our aerial shots used in this way!!

By Adam Ainscough

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