Latest application in for Baltic flats

Plans have been submitted to develop a mixed-use building on a vacant site in the heart of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

The proposed scheme, designed by MgMaStudio on behalf of LPS Real Estate, features 44 apartments and around 5,000 sq ft of commercial space on St James Street, between the junctions of Brick Street and Norfolk Street.

The site is next to the former Liver Grease Works, facing the Church of Saint Vincent-de-Paul, and has lain vacant for the past 20 years.

If approved, the scheme would be made up of two separate buildings, the larger of which would accommodate a range of one, two and three bedroomed apartments as well as the majority of the proposed retail and leisure space. The corner unit is proposed to be used as a local pub.

There would also be two public areas created; a larger, south-facing space at Brick Street and a courtyard at St James Street.

Matthew Ashton, a director at MgMaStudio, said: “The proposed development would make a genuinely positive contribution to the local area; constructed to a high specification and bringing back into use a vacant site, which in turn increases the sense of movement and community within the area.

“The neighbouring Church of Saint Vincent-de-Paul is a heritage asset which sits both at the heart of the local area and the design of this scheme. Many of the apartments overlook the church and the proposed corner building not only provides a public space from which to enjoy views of the church, it is also designed to be smaller and considerate of its historic neighbour.”

LPS has previously acted as an estate agent, and this project is its first as a developer.

Joe Gervin, director at LPS Real Estate, said: “The development will incorporate a Scandinavian-themed roof top garden and aims to reinforce Liverpool’s Baltic connections through minimalist styled apartments and commercial space.”

If approved, the project is due to start on site next year.

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The purpose built pub is a nice touch, but my first thoughts when I saw this were “that’s already been built at 10 – 14 Jamaica Steet”.

There is a real risk of these apartment buildings with small ground floor commercial units creating a repetitive and bland public realm. I understand it’s a model that achieves maximum land value but every one of these that gets built diminishes the very character that defines the Baltic Triangle.

It’s a shame Cllr Munby and others put up such resistance to the proposed Neighbourhood Plan for the area. That was the one chance to create a coherent vision that would achieve the right balance.

I’m not sure what the answer is, but it’s not more of the same.

By NWPlanner

It’s a pity they did not design it with a more modern render. It’s right next door to the WO a building I know very well? It is all very well these old fashioned concepts but too much reliant on past building materials and technology. The pub could do with a redesign it reminds me of the old cottages along Tunnel rd or a maintenance building on the railway?

By Man on a bicycle

The quality of design is so uninspiring. Cheap as chips….again.

By Annon

Blame the Council for this. No vision for the area beyond speculative development. The Triangle’s potential as a regionally significant employment hub being killed by cheap appartments.

By John Smith

What about all those mature Trees ? That are on that site now .

Do we really need to build on every sing inch in our City .
There is already a massive amount of apartment development planned for that Area do we need More ?

By Peter Hopkins

I like the idea of the pub style building. A bit like the Baltic Fleet Pub! Good sized apartments from the plans and much needed commercial space driving business to the area!

By J Moss

Why bother with a pub, they aren’t profitable

By Andy Temple

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