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Paul Unger

In the second of the three-part series, Place North West takes a look at what has been happening in and around central Liverpool during the past four months.

There are around 50 live projects in the centre of Liverpool, where work has continued on site during lockdown.

The tour starts in the south docks and takes in the Baltic Triangle, Kings Dock, the Strand, Princes Dock and Central Docks in Liverpool Waters, business district, Duke Street, Knowledge Quarter, London Road, New Islington and more.

There is a wide range of activity taking place creating spaces for hotels and district heat networks, a ferry terminal, multiple apartment blocks, offices and hospitals.

Thank you to everybody who contributed. To submit photos and updates for the series please follow these instructionsSources: Place North West, SkyscraperCity

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Herculaneum Quay, Riverside Drive

Herculaneum Quay July 2020

Developer: Herculaneum Quay Investors

Description: 119 apartments

Value: £20m

Team: Success Investment Group, Elavace Estates, Century 21 UK

Thirteen years after the first developer went into administration the site is weeks from completion, now being finished by the off-plan investors who clubbed together and arranged their own development finance to see it through, having passed through multiple developers’ hands over the years.

One Baltic Square, Grafton Street

RWinvest YPG One Baltic Square July 2020

Developer: YPG with RWinvest

Description: 296 buy-to-let apartments

Value: £46m

Team: architect YPG Projex, main contractor YPG Developments

Since mid-March the steel frame and superstructure has progressed, as well as installation of flooring and the steel lift. Completion expected Q3 2021.

Parliament Residence phase two, Parliament Street

Parliament Residence Liverpool

Developer: Assetcorp

Description: 145 apartments, 11 and 8 storeys

Team: client’s agent Avison Young; main contractor Abodos; architect Falconer Chester Hall; M&E Abacus; rainscreen cladding BAK; curtain walling WDS; structural engineer Clancy; fire consultant OFR; approved inspector Quadrant

External cladding progressed and now 90% complete across the building, brick work to front elevation progressed to level four, curtain walling and glazing installation continuing with 90% installed, works progressing to enable sectional completion and handover of part of the building to residents in the coming months. Apartments beginning to be plastered with second fix plumbing and electrics, towers at the rear having curtain walling installed along with bronze cladding.

Parliament Square, Parliament Street and Great George Street

Parliament Square Legacie

Developer: Legacie Developments with RWinvest

Description: 505 buy-to-let apartments, four blocks from eight to 18 storeys, commercial and leisure units

Value: £90m

Team: finance Maslow Capital; contractor Legacie Contracts; planning Zerum; architects Falconer Chester Hall

Steel frame going up, lift shaft and stairwells installed, floor slab construction, retaining walls and foundation works.

Baltic View, Norfolk Street and Brick Street

Baltic View

Developer: Crossfield Exclusive Developments, joint venture between Crossfield Group and Exclusive Investments

Description: 129 private rental apartments, 11 storeys

Team: contractor Crossfield Construction; architect Brock Carmichael; sales Marshall Property

Acquired from liquidators in late 2018, the former Pinnacle and North Point Global development was previously known as Baltic House.

St James Street

Torus St James Street

Developer: Torus Developments

Description: 56 apartments for sale and rent-to-buy

Value: £9.8m

Team: contractor Crossfield Construction; architect Brock Carmichael

The Baltic Hotel, Jamaica Street

The Baltic Hotel

Developer: Living Brick

Description: 36-room hotel

Team: architect Studio RBA; hotel operator Town by Living Brick; restaurant operator Wolf & Lamb

Cladding due to finish in next four weeks, to be be followed by scaffolding coming down.

Baltic Yard, Blundell Street

Baltic Yard Liverpool Brickland 2

Developer: Brickland

Funder: Heitman

Description: 200 build-to-rent apartments, nine storeys

Cost: £24m

Team: contractor ISG; Tim Groom Architects

Brickland was established in 2017 by Sam Rowlands, whose other businesses include developer Romal Capital. Rowlands’ senior team includes former Galliford Try director Darren Leary.

Kings Dock Car Park, Monarchs Quay

Kings Dock Car Park 2

Developer: Liverpool City Council

Description: 1,434-space car park over nine levels serving waterfront arena and convention centre

Cost: £30m

Team: contractor Willmott Dixon; architect Leach Rhodes walker; planner Turley

Fire on New Year’s Eve in 2017 destroyed the multi-storey car park at Kings Dock. The car park was later demolished and a temporary 500-space facility erected while this one was constructed.

21 Strand Street

21 Strand Panacea

Developers: Panacea Property Development and Patten Properties

Funder: Invesco

Description: 382 build-to-rent apartments, 16 storeys

Value: £100m

Team: contractor Graham; architect Leach Rhodes Walker; planner Zerum; engineer Curtins; M&E, QS and project manager Capital; Design Fire Consultants; acoustics Redmore; landscape DEP

JCB heir Jo Bamford’s Panacea gained consent in late 2016 and the firm says the development will complete by the end of 2020.

The Lexington, Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters

The Lexington Moda

Developer: Moda Living

Funders: Apache Capital

Description: 320 build-to-rent apartments, 34 storeys

Value: £80m

Team: contractor BCEGI Construction; architect Falconer Chester Hall; QS Arcadis; planning consultant Arup; structures Edge Consulting Engineers; MEP Briggs & Forrester; fire BB7; landscape Planit-IE; interior Naomi Cleaver

Since mid-March four floors of superstructure poured, close to topping out with only the roof to pour, five floors of unitised cladding installed, ground level curtain walling installed, progression of apartment fit-out level by level.

Plaza 1821, Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters

Plaza 1821 Liverpool Waters Princes Dock

Developer: Peel L&P for Regenda Group

Description: 105-unit 15-storey PRS

Value: £21m

Team: contractor Vermont; architect Hodder & Partners; planner Zerum; Arup; landscape Planit-IE; engineer SGI, Turner & Townsend; Brabners; Hill Dickinson

Project completed in June and successfully handed over to Regenda.

Isle of Man Ferry Terminal, Central Docks, Liverpool Waters

Isle Of Man Ferry Terminal Liverpool Waters

Developer: Isle of Man Department of Infrastructure

Cost: £38m

Team: Manser Practice, John Sisk & Son, Aecom, Turner & Townsend

Site remediation works ongoing and civil preparation works progressed on the replacement ferry terminal, 800 metres downriver of the current facility. IoM government has a long leasehold on the land from Peel L&P.

District Heat Network, Liverpool Waters

District Heat Network Liverpool Waters

Developer: Mersey Heat, part of Peel Energy

Description: District heat network to provide low carbon energy to 150-acre Liverpool Waters area

Team: Peel L&P, Vital Energi, Curtins

Installation of district heating pipework and the civils required to install and backfill across numerous areas within Liverpool Waters as well as a new pipe bridge.

Jesse Hartley Way, Northern Link Road, Liverpool Waters

Northern Link Road Liverpool Waters

Developer: Liverpool City Council

Description: A new 1km road through the Liverpool Waters development linking the IoM ferry terminal to the city’s road network. This also provides access for the new park and quay central buildings on Peel L&P’s central docks

Team: Grahams construction, Amey Consulting

Wearing course and pavement finishes being installed as well as formation of two new roundabouts and a foul pumping station.

Park Central, Liverpool Waters

Park Central Liverpool Waters Peel

Developer: Romal Capital

Description: 128 buy-to-let apartments over 14 storeys

Team: Newry Construction, Ollier Smurthwaite, WYG

First new-build development on Central Docks completed in April and will eventually sit opposite a 16-acre park, called Prospect Park, at the heart of Liverpool Waters.

The core strategic team supporting Peel L&P to deliver the £5bn Liverpool Waters development is Walker Sime, Curtins, Planit-IE, Hannan’s, Rob Burns, Arup, Winckworth Sherwood and Brabners.

Tobacco Warehouse, Stanley Dock

Tobacco Warehouse Stanley Dock

Developer: Crossharbour Property, a related company to Dublin-based Harcourt

Description: Conversion of Liverpool’s largest landmark into 550 apartments and 100,000 sqft commercial space

Value: £100m

Team: main contractor Abercorn Construction; architect Darmody Architecture; QS Sammon; planner Cunnane; conservation Hinchliffe Heritage; engineer Sutcliffe; commercial sales Matthews & Goodman; residential sales Logic Estates

Since mid-March, works have continued with the internal fit-out and completions to apartments on levels one to 12. Penthouse apartments on the 13th floor are nearing the watertight stage. Heritage repairs to the terracotta work and windows have also commenced. Externally, civil works to facilitate the building’s connection to the Mersey Heat District Heat Network are also progressing.

India Buildings, Water Street

India Buildings Overbury

Developer: Legal & General

Description: 350,000 sq ft office renovation, pre-let to HM Revenue & Customs

Contractor Overbury is the third in a year to attempt to complete the mammoth task of returning the much-loved Art Deco block to its former glory, following Styles & Wood and Caddick.

Echo Place, Old Hall Street

Liverpool Echo July 2020

Developer: Select Group and Paradigm Asset Management

Description: 200-room Innside by Melia Hotel, 65,000 sq ft office prelet to Sony

Team: Projex Building Solutions, Worthington Owen

Liverpool Without Walls, Castle Street and Bold Street

Castle Street Safey Aecom 2

Developer: Liverpool City Council, Liverpool BID Company, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Description: Install safety measures for restaurants and their customers as part of a pilot scheme to help restaurants reopen after lockdown

Team: infrastructure advice Aecom; framework Scape; main contractor Huyton Asphalt Civils; hostile vehicle measures supplier Townscape; L&R Roadlines; ATG telescopic bollard provider

Brunswick Street and Drury Lane

Brunswick Street Drury Lane Scheme

Image: Christian Cardiss

Developer: Topside City Developments

Funder: Together Money

Description: 125 aparthotel units

Value: £26m

Team: Fold Architecture; The Planning Studio

Victoria House, James Street

Victoria House James Street

Developer: Oakstore

Description: 78 apartments

Team: NC Architecture, The Planning Studio

The Address, Wolstenholme Square

The Address Wolstenholme Square

Developer: Elliot Group

Description: 200 apartments, 11 storeys

Value: £20m

Team: architect Falconer Chester Hall; planner Zerum; contractor Newry; QS/PM Savills; M&E PSD; structure ADS

Balconies installed, upper levels internal fit-out, cladding and windows installed to penthouse; ground floor glazing installation, ground floor external envelope.

The Eight, Grenville Street South

The Eight Iliad Liverpool

Developer: Iliad

Description: 120 apartments, up to seven storeys

Team: Legacie Contracts; Tim Groom Architects

Legacie stepped in after original contractor Forrest went into administration to finish Iliad’s latest in a long line of developments in the Ropewalks area.

Duke Street Boutique

Duke Street Boutique

Developer: Living Brick and Town Hotels

Description: 30-room hotel

Team: architect Studio RBA; sales Cityscape Investments

Renshaw Hall, Oldham Place

Renshaw Hall Create FCH Niveda

Developer: Niveda Realty Group

Description: 150-bed Moxy Hotel, 400 student apartments, 12 storeys

Value: £40m

Team: contractor Create; architect Falconer Chester Hall; engineer Clancy; M&E QED; planner Zerum

After a six-month pause Create have “remobilised” and work has resumed on site “in earnest”. Orders placed for windows, steel framing and masonry support.

Hardman House, Maryland Street

Hardman House Liverpool Urban Sleep

Developer: Alan Beer and Dave Brewitt

Description: 355 student flats

Team: agent Urban Sleep

The pair of developers have worked together on numerous projects in Liverpool including Hope Street Hotel. Beer’s Timber Yard in Baltic is also slated for redevelopment.

Paddington Village, Knowledge Quarter

Paddington Village The Spine Liverpool Morgan Sindall

Developer: Liverpool City Council


  • The Spine, Paddington Village’s flagship scheme provides a new Northern headquarters for the Royal College of Physicians within Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter
  • Infrastructure and public realm works, Complex infrastructure works to remodel the brownfield site, forming serviceable building plots and creating a public realm to make Paddington Village a destination
  • The Hotel, 13-storey, 221-bedroom Novotel hotel, franchised and operated by Legacy Hotels & Resorts
  • Multi-Storey Car Park & Energy Centre, 12-storey car park with 1,245 spaces, including a combined heat and power energy centre on the ground floor


  • The Spine, £35m
  • Infrastructure and public realm works, £20m
  • The Hotel, £41m
  • Multi-Storey Car Park & Energy Centre, £12m


  • All: Main contractor Morgan Sindall; client partner Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool
  • The Spine: architect AHR; engineer Arup
  • Infrastructure and Public Realm Works: architect – Ryder
  • The Hotel: architect Ryder; structural engineer Curtins; M&E engineer Steven Hunt
  • Multi-Storey Car Park & Energy Centre: architect KKK; M&E Dodds; structure Kier Property Services

The Spine saw glazing completed and tower crane and mastclimbers removed, internal works progressing, CAT A fit-out, and the building has been lit blue to celebrate the NHS. The hotel structure has risen out of the ground since March, stair core one cast to level seven, core two cast to level 16 and the floors cast to level two, a façade sample panel has been installed and approved by the client and planners, other samples have been prepared for the prefabricated bathrooms and the prototype bedroom. At the Multi-Storey Car Park & Energy Centre the steel frame for the energy centre commenced and completed, pre-cast core is completed to level 12, flue installed and ready to commence on the car park decks.

Student Life Building and Sports Building, Copperas Hill

LJMU Copperas Hill Student Life Morgan Sindall

Developer: Liverpool John Moores University

Description: 3.5 acre former Royal Mail Sorting Office site for careers and wellbeing services and eight-court sports hall among facilities

Value: £64m

Team: Main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction; architect Sheppard Robson; project manager Faithful & Gould; engineer Cundall; framework Pagabo

Student accommodation, Copperas Hill

Dave Brewitt Copperas Hill

Developer: Dave Brewitt and Alan Beer

Description: 294 beds in cluster flats

Team: architect L7 Architects; The Planning Studio

Merseyside Police HQ, St Anne’s Street

Merseyside Police HQ

Developer: Merseyside Police

Description: 130,000 sq ft office

Cost: £48m

Team: contractor Willmott Dixon; Ryder Architects; QS Mace; structural engineer Curtins; landscape BDP

Steelwork reached topping out. Northern Steel Decking worked tirelessly in collaboration with Leach Steelwork during each phase, said main contractor Willmott Dixon.

Poets Place, Great Homer Street

Poets Place July 2020

Developer: Caro Developments

Funder: Together Money

Description: 127 apartments, only 15 units remain to be sold

Value: £14.5m

Team: architect Falconer Chester Hall; Simply CDM; emplyer’s agent and QS WYG Management Services; Newry Construction; M&E PSD; ADS Structural; fire WSP; acoustics Wardell Armstrong; structural warranties RoyleMac10; building control Assent Building Control; PB Sustainability.

Caro said: “The project only started in mid-March, so from a standing start, we have carried out all demolition, site clearance, piling, pile caps and ground beams, slab, lift pits, structural steel erection and metal decking, with the external façade cleating and brickwork now being progressed.”

Natex, Norton Street

Natex July 2020

Developer: Mount Property Group and Mount Construction

Description: Student accommodation of 574 units

Value: £43m

Team: Barton Construction; Falconer Chester Hall architects; QED; Evolve Project Consultancy; Broadgrove Planning & Development and  CRM Students

Block A has seen the steel frame built up to the 12th  floor and metal decking and concrete floors have started to be installed. The steel frame is currently being installed for Block B.

Innovo House, Devon Street

Innovo House Devon Street

Developer: Mount Property Group and Mount Construction

Description: Student accommodation of 126 units

Value: £10m

Team: Falconer Chester Hall architects; Barton Construction; Evolve Project Consultancy; QED; CRM students; Broadgrove Planning & Development; Harwood Building Control and Clancy Consulting

Topped out with completion scheduled for 2021.

Salisbury Place, New Islington

Salisbury Place New Islington

Developer: Mount Property Group

Description: 70 apartments

Value: £8m

Team: Snow Architects; Shape Consulting Engineers; Ilex Project Management; Stephen A Hunt & Associates; Hunters and Broadgrove Planning & Development

Groundworks nearing completion, steel frame scheduled for August.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Interserve Liverpool Women's Hospital

Developer: Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

Description: Intensive care unit, high dependency unit, parent accommodation

Value: £12.5m

Team: Interserve; Gilling Dod; Sutcliffe; Turner & Townsend

Completes this month.

Radisson Red, North Western Hall, Lime Street

North Western Hall Radisson Red Worthington

Developer: Worthington Properties

Funders: Merseyside Pension Fund, Revcap

Description: 202-bed hotel

Value: £30m

The Exchange, London Road

The Paramount London Road

Developer: Elliot Group

Description: 488 student rooms, 150 car parking spaces

Former Pinnacle Alliance scheme known as The Paramount acquired by Elliot Group out of administration. Elliot is spending £8m to complete the development. Elliot retained two principal sub-contractors, WDS Commercial and BAK-UK, managed by main contractor Exchange Construction, established by Elliot to finish the scheme. Bulk of the work relates to replacement of insulation and other materials behind the cladding. The cladding itself is already compliant, although different rivets will be used to fix it to the new railing system holding the insulation panels in place. Ten weeks from completion, Elliot said. 

The Tung Auditorium, Grove Street and Oxford Street

Tung Auditorium Liverpool

Developer: University of Liverpool

Description: 400-seat performance hall for 70-piece orchestra, 600-seat lecture theatre

Value: £20m

Team: University of Liverpool Construction Company Special Projects; Ellis Williams Architects; landscape BCAL; acoustic engineer Arup; Booth King on structural design; Todd & Ledson as cost consultant; Omega as fire engineer; and Futureserv on M&E design

Digital Innovation Centre, Dover Street

Digital Innovation Facility July 2020

Developer: University of Liverpool

Co-funder: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Description: 16,000 sq ft collaboration space bringing together research in computer science, robotics, and engineering

Value: £12.7m

Team: John Turner Construction Group; Construction Impact Framework

No1 Hatton Garden

Signature Living Hatton Garden Floors 6 7 July

Developer: Signature Living

Description: 119 buy-to-let serviced apartments

Value: £17.7m

Team: project management and cost consultancy Berrys; investment sales Meridian

The main works on site started in spring 2019, the project was launched for sale in November 2019 and has now almost entirely sold out. Upper floor steel frame installed with accompanying curtain wall package, internal works starting. Works are also nearing completion on Floor 1 and floors 2-3-4 are almost at the stage of practical completion. Floors one to four are set for completion in the next eight weeks with floors five to seven due to complete by the end of the year.

Royal Liverpool University Hospital, West Derby Street

Royal Liverpool University Hospital July 2020

Laing O’Rourke created a ‘step down’ unit for Covid-19 patients to recover at the Royal in May

Developer: Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Description: 646-bed replacement for the Royal, which opened in 1978

Cost: £700m – £1bn, according to National Audit Office estimates

Team: main contractor Laing O’Rourke; design by NBBJ and HKS

Problems continue at the project two years after initial contractor Carillion collapsed. Nearly £300m of remedial work came to light that needed to be done, triggering rows with sub-contractors and delays. Not expected to finish until 2022, which would be five years late.

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Pembroke Place

Clatterbridge Exterior

Developer: Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Description: 110-bedroom cancer treatment hospital

Cost: £118m

Team: architect BDP; main contractor Laing O’Rourke; design engineered by AECOM

Opened in June, part of £162m programme by the trust to bring improved cancer treatment to 2.4 million people in Merseyside and Cheshire.

Lodge Lane Container Park

Lodge Lane Container Park

Developer: CanCo

Investor: Midos Group

Description: 14 units for retail and leisure

Value: £2m

Team: contractor Larnook; architect Alan McBeth, QS, project; QS project manager Larnook; planner Alan McBeth; agents New Era Property Management

Concrete pours concluded to provide foundations for final container units, units installed, utility connections underway, lettings programme commenced. Completion date end of August.

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Great interesting articles, good work PNW.

By Regular

Phew…..let’s hope EVERY project is finally and successfully completed…..however….the cruise liner terminal works may be compromised in view of the industry’s ongoing problems…..what are the plans ???.

By Anonymous

A disclaimer might have been wise on this article, especially given one of the sources is “Skyscraper city”. Some that regularly post there have been very quick to promote and defend schemes which have subsequently crashed the city into disrepute. There are some projects which are very obviously ongoing, but there are other schemes I would be very cautious about promoting as such.

By Mike

Liverpool is coming out of all this much stronger than we have ever been. We are a very resilient city!

By Red Squirrel

Quite a lot going on.

Lots of mid-range (7-15 stories). Would be nice now to some more in the 20 and 30+ range, hopefully with pleasing designs. Definitely more offices and particularly labs needed. If HS2 / NPR ever happens then that would likely be a catalyst.

A strong city core will help the surrounding areas also.

By Heswall

Now there’s an article to put a spring in a man’s step on a wet and windy Monday. Well in, Team Place. More of this kind of thing! Down with the doomsayers!

By Sceptical

No zip wires??

By Anonymous

Good work. It’s great to see lots going on! I would add the Epic Apart Hotel refurbishment of georgian town houses on Duke Street to the collection of active developments too.

Hopefully Infinity Waters, Aura and the Epic Hotel in Nofolk Street will be re-joining active developments soon.

It’s worth noting that things are progressing at Wirral Waters now – land remediation for the North Bank phase appears to have been completed and works to improve Tower Road have also commenced.

By Daniel

Plenty of activity good sign.

By Anonymous


By Michael McDonut

With its new alongside the old classic architecture – old architecture that could grace any capital city, I am blessed to live in Liverpool.

By Liverpool romance

2,36bn pounds worth of new buildings

By baias

Lots of building going on, which is good to see.

Plenty of 5-15 stories, so it would be now nice to see more towers in the 20 and 30+ ranges. Jobs-wise, offices and laboratory space and much needed. Hopefully Liverpool gets its HS2 and NPR connection, which might help kickstart the next phase.

A strong core city will help neighbouring areas that are part of the Liverpool City Region, such as the Wirral.

By Heswall

I like what they are doing with Tobacco warehouse. The Park Central at Liverpool waters is a really impressive effort too.

By Elephant

You can take out a good 15 that are either imminently complete, clearly in trouble or just not worth writing about. Need a few new schemes to go live, the majority have their frames up already so after those there is very little at groundworks stage.

By Anonymous

How about a list of the stalled, like the Rise?

By John B

It’s all happening on Merseyside. Half of these developments are appartments, are these gonna be as expansive as the properties around Manchester and Salford. Are these properties gonna be affordable?

By Darren born bred Salford

what a great good news story

By jayne Moore

A welcome update on a good number of the projects going on in Liverpool, would have been good to see some of the residential stuff getting out of the ground on the Wirral waterfront.but no real signs yet.
Hopefully for the next report the Littlewoods Film Studios will be underway , along with the Great George St/Chinatown project , plus some of the stalled schemes back on site especially Infinity and Epic Hotel.
In the meantime some good developers seem to be raising their profile , like Legacie , Mount , and Crossfield, so hoping in time they will be able to produce some significant projects in the future.

By sound

What part of the city region will benefit the most? They claim it will help the surrounding areas, yet it never does.

By Anonymous

Brilliant, hope it all comes to fruition. Will be fantastic

By Tom O’Brien

They need to build more Liverpool office’s and bungalow’s for the elderly. I also read the “skyscraper” website and it says there is government bias against Liverpool office’s and they want to put them in other city’s. We must put this right!!

By Mary Woolley

Good to see so much work going on around but I hope the builders are taking on there fair share of local people

By Paul Stead

It’s heartwarming to see at last Liverpool rising from a backwater to be once again a city for the future,thanks to all the endeavour of the Liverpool city council, I love my city,

By Paul Reynolds

Mary Woolley for PM

By Anonymous

Can somebody please do a secondary design check on the T-column supports at Lodge Lane Container Park?

By North by North-West

Hopefully it won’t be long before we can add the new Everton Stadium, Littlewood’s Film Studios and the Cruise Liner Terminal to that list. Great round up though.

By Anonymous