A ten-storey development at the former Bogan’s Carpets site on New Bird Street will go before Liverpool’s planning committee on 26 June with a recommendation for approval.
Approval was given in March 2017 for a scheme of 156 apartments at the site, but a legal agreement was never agreed on taking development forward, and the project has been reworked.
The proposals come from Isle of Man-registered vehicle Miami, and the refreshed proposals have been submitted by Zerum. The approved scheme by Tim Groom Architects has been modified by Falconer Chester Hall, retaining the key principles of the plan.
The site is bounded by St James Street, Jordan Street, Newhall Street and New Bird Street and houses single storey commercial units. It is partly occupied by a gym on a temporary lease, Bogan’s having relocated to Great Howard Street some years ago.
The report compiled by the committee by council planning officers records that a significant number of former industrial buildings within the area have been converted by Baltic Creative to provide accommodation for the creative and digital sectors, including studios, multifunctional spaces, workshops and managed workspaces, this development proving “instrumental” in increasing activity and interest in the area. Baltic Creative said it approved of plans for New Bird Street providing uses are complementary to existing businesses.
Two neighbouring buildings to the east are included in the mostly-cleared New Chinatown development site.
In its covering letter covering the new application, advisor Zerum stated: “The current proposals have revised the scheme to enhance the efficiency of the internal layout and arrangement ensuring that a greater density can be achieved on the site. In order to deliver this with an improved density and apartment mix the scheme has involved a minor increase in the total footprint of the building.”