The disused plot on New Bird Street in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle has been earmarked for 379 co-living apartments and several ground floor commercial units.
The scheme has been proposed by developer Crosslane Co-Living Group and its construction partner Wates Group, and the pair have lodged a planning application with Liverpool City Council, advised by consultancy Savills.
Under the plans, the former Bogans Carpet Unit would be demolished, and an 11-storey residential building constructed on the site, containing a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments from the mezzanine to ninth floor.
A total of 25 car parking and 275 cycle spaces are also proposed, as well as communal amenity space on the fifth and nineth floors, including a gym and yoga and wellbeing studio, a range of multifunction rooms, a cinema, private dining space and shared kitchens. There would also be external public realm and landscaping.
On the ground floor, a range of commercial uses are mooted, including flexible workspaces and private meeting rooms, office space and a café or retail hub.
The scheme would help to “address the shortage of homes nationally and contribute towards [Liverpool City Council’s] housing requirements”, according to the planning statement.
It is the latest scheme plotted for the New Bird Street site on the edge of Liverpool city centre. In 2018, a company called Miami applied to demolish the carpet store and replace it with a 10-storey block containing 156 apartments and commercial space on the ground floor.
But those plans faced opposition from local stakeholders and were never taken forward.