Baltic Triangle approvals fuel revival

A fresh wave of development has been approved by Liverpool City Council in the historic Baltic Triangle area on the edge of the city centre.

Liverpool-based developer Ergo is to deliver a mix of new-build and refurbishment on land off Jamaica Street and Flint Street, incorporating a former dockland stable block, creating 72 apartments five commercial units and basement parking. A separate application by Ergo was also approved for 127 live-work units on Jamaica Street.

The same planning meeting saw approval for a 151-room hotel by LAG Pritchard in Kings Dock Mill on Shaws Alley.

The council, along with Liverpool Vision and the North West Development Agency are planning to establish a Creative Industries Trust to provide premises for independent arts companies in the Baltic Triangle.

The area, dominated architecturally by tall brick warehouses, is already home to the live music venue The Picket, Evolution Studios, the forthcoming Novas Contemporary Urban Centre and the A Foundation's galleries on Greenland Street.

A consultant is due to be appointed imminently to carry out a feasibility study into the trust.

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