Great George Street Developments has revealed further details of its plans for the five-acre New Chinatown site in Liverpool, which it acquired in February.
The updated proposals for the site, which stalled under previous developer China Town Development Company, include 710 apartments and 25 townhouses, 80,000 sq ft of retail and leisure and 63,500 sq ft of offices. The plans have been undergoing consultation, with members of the public invited to an exhibition last week.
GGSD, headed by Neal Hunter and Jason Oakley, is working with CBRE, Arup, Planit-IE and architect Brock Carmichael, and is proposing a £220m scheme, which will include active commercial frontages along St James Street and Great George Place.
Oakley was former managing director of Metro Bank’s commercial banking and mortgage arm, and previously headed up SME banking for both NatWest and RBS, while Hunter has previously worked for Merepark and Primesite.
Plans include parking on a lower ground floor level, with townhouses and two-level commercial units above, and apartments and office space on the upper floors.
The site in outline is three triangles each pointing towards the river from Great George Street, which runs north-south, parallel to the length of the Anglican Cathedral above it. The tallest buildings in the scheme, at 18 storeys, will be along the Great George Street side, close to the elevation of the Anglican Cathedral’s “shoulders,” and stepping down in height so that its massing is in scale with the Baltic Triangle. The proposed massing and scale is in line with the existing consent.
The new plans include a linear park along Great George Street, which could be narrowed as part of the project. The development will have open space for public events.
Work will resume later this year, the developer said, on phase one of the scheme, which will comprise 117 apartments, 6,000 sq ft of commercial space and some parking – this will be built out in line with the existing consent for the site, which has been boarded up since the project stalled under China Town Development Company, part of North Point Global. Negotiations are currently taking place with contractors ahead of what is expected to be a 14-month build programme.
Plans for phases two and three will be submitted this summer. Should all go to plan, construction on these phases would begin in mid-2019 and complete in 2023.