Consent for £50m Baltic tower after height wranglings

Elliot Group has received planning permission for a £50m mid-rise residential development in Liverpool’s Baltic neighbourhood, following a collaborative design review with Liverpool City Council and Historic England.

The Falconer Chester Hall-designed scheme, overlooking the city’s south docks and its new exhibition centre, was the subject of review to reduce the height of one of the blocks from 20 storeys to ensure views of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral were protected.

Developer Elliot Lawless said: “Credit to Liverpool Council, they managed the process in a very consensual way which enabled all parties to derive benefits from it. We were put on our mettle but the result is a better scheme for the city.

“We’re delighted with the outcome of today’s planning hearing, not just for the consent itself but because it gives us greater clarity with regards to how the council will view possible future proposals from us in Baltic.”

The development will deliver 253 apartments in two linked blocks of 15 and 14 storeys, together with an entrepreneurial hub at ground floor to provide space for the area’s start-up scene.

The scheme is Elliot Group’s third on Norfolk Street, with two other developments totaling 256 apartments and studios, plus 6,000 sq ft of office space. The two other projects are ahead of schedule according to Elliot Group, and this third development will use the same main contractor, Newry Construction.

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By Elephant

Schemes in Baltic can’t be viewed stand alone Elephant. You have to look at the context. These are all still some of the early schemes setting the framework and it’s more about massing, spaces and views than the detail. I think it’s ok. It’s what you’d expect in a seafront setting. All the apartments seem to be light making the most of the views of the Liverpool Marina and River Mersey, and there seems to be commercial space at the bottom that’ll probably be animated with cafés. Sets a good framework I’d say for this important area of the city centre and waterfront that when fully devolved could one day stretch all the way along Sefton Street towards the Festival Gardens and Otterspool. There is the feel of the warehouses meeting the sea.

By Gwydion

I did not say I didn’t like this.My comment was about Prestwich.There has been an error here

By Elephant

And it is a River!

By Bob Dawson

Don’t think there is any need to stifle development but agree that there should not be allowance to do anything that blocks the famous waterfront of the city. So pleased they have been made to lower the stories and the developer has taken this on board. Shame they don’t blend a bit more with the warehouse and mill feel though think this would have looked excellent

By Bob Dawson

I hope that all this residential development doesn’t kill the nightlife that has developed round here.

By Reveller

It’s a huge area. This scheme is about 5 mins walk from Camp and Furness. Should be based on what’s already there anyway. The residential has to build itself around the nightlife.

By Gwydion

Looks like council flats.

By eugh

The trolls are here what way does this look like council flats ?
If it did, a place like Salford would look reasonably okay.

By David

how is it trolling? It’s a poor building, the trees are the only interesting feature. I couldn’t care less about Salford.

By eugh

Don’t look like Liverpool Council flats anyway as the high-rise Council flats were all demolished in the 80s, except for the popular ones like those near Sefton Park, some now being sold as luxury flats – Belem Tower for example.

By Gwydion

Looks pretty good I reckon

By Gregg