Cavern Quarter
The masterplan aims to promote Liverpool's musical heritage

Cavern Quarter masterplan approved

Dan Whelan

Liverpool City Council has given the green light to a plan to regenerate the Cavern Quarter, Whitechapel and Williamson Square as it begins exploring funding options for the project.

The council wants to turn the areas into into “global destinations overflowing with culture, music and performance”, and aims to improve gateways in and out of the Cavern Quarter, construct an outdoor performance space in Williamson Square and refurbish several building facades in the area.

In the Cavern Quarter, the focus will be on daytime uses, with a push-back against further nightclubs or bars.

The council said in a statement it drew up the Cavern Quarter Strategic Regeneration Framework in response to a separate report on tourism, which called for the city to “curate a clearer proposition around Liverpool’s pivotal role in the story of popular and contemporary music”.

Liverpool’s music heritage industry, centred around The Beatles, is now worth more than £90m a year.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “Liverpool’s musical heritage is an asset of global significance. This masterplan presents an opportunity to provide an experience that celebrates that unique offer and showcases the current scene.

“The next key step is to identify the monies needed and work with our partners to deliver these changes.”

Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company and chair of the Liverpool Visitor Economy Network, said: “Visitors from across the globe come to Liverpool to steep themselves in its musical heritage. As a city, part of our job is to give that culture and heritage the stage and setting it deserves, making it as welcoming as possible.”

According to the council, the SRF will be taken back to cabinet once Liverpool’s Local Plan is adopted in August, in order to be adopted as a supplementary planning document to guide determination of planning applications.

The SRF was designed by Planit-IE, alongside Arup, Fourth Street Consulting, Avison Young, and Dave Pichilingi, founder of Sound City, advising on music history and event planning, while Rob Burns advised on heritage.

EVENT | Liverpool Development Update | Thursday 23 April

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Let’s aim for a more upmarket clientele. We have got to break the status quo of being a downmarket city that is only good for hen parties.

By Michael McDonut

Liverpool is the number one destination for stag and hen do’s, vital to the economy.

By LIV

Needs a refresh, but not too Disney please.

By Beatle 2005

We more classy attractions, especially ones that are cultural, global and creative.

By High Speed Revolving theatre

Needs tidying up….less tat more genuine reflective Beatles atmosphere….maybe promote a comprehensive digital experience….give the area LESS street cred…MORE credibility !

By Tercol

‘Liverpool is the Pool of Life’ – Karl Gustaf Jung.
Build on the ‘Pool of Life’ theme the length of Whitechapel and Paradise Street. Jung’s vision in his Dream of Liverpool was of a ‘cultural oasis’, which the city has undoubtedly become. These streets were the original Pool of Liverpool, create a Pool of Light/Life linking all these areas to the Cavern Quarter!

By Roscoe

Huge opportunity to do more here. The area currently does no justice to its heritage. Can’t believe the Beatles Festival has just gone to the wall with no efforts to restart it.

By John Smith

Liverpool needs to lift its aspirations and accept ourselves as a major city. We are the same size as Manchester but see ourselves as a dormitory town and so do the powers that be. We have to break the status quo and end the Blackpoolisation of Liverpool.

By Michael McDonut

Michael Liverpool isn’t as big and busy as Manchester and we wouldn’t want it to be, people like Liverpool the way it is, and places like Chester and York too, bigger isn’t better, People move from London to Liverpool to get away from that sort of life.

By Floyd

Totally agree with Floyd.

The sooner Liverpool stops comparing itself to Manchester, the more it will flourish.

They are both fantastic cities, but Manchester it the powerhouse. Come on guys.

By Anonymous