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Work is set to begin on Hughes House at the end of this year. Credit: via Equans

Equans to construct £31m low carbon Liverpool apartments

Julia Hatmaker

The Engie subsidiary is the lead contractor for Home Group Development’s 10-storey scheme on the site of the old TJ Hughes department store.

Designs from architect Keith Davidson Partnership call for the erection of 258 apartments and ground floor retail and commercial space. Of the 258 apartments, 144 will have one bedroom, 99 will have two and 15 will be studios.

Called Hughes House, the building and each of its units will have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of B, according to Equans UK & Ireland.

Equans worked with property development and investment company UK Land & Property on the project.

Tim Wood, Equans’regional managing director said: “We have been working on the project for around 18 months with the various stakeholders, and have integrated ourselves into the client’s team, enabling us to increase the overall capacity of the building, while also increasing the efficiency and viability of the project.”

Simon Parker, managing director at UK Land & Property said:

“Equans has been extremely proactive in bringing this project forward. We engaged at an early stage and Equans has been an integral member of the team from the outset.”

Work is slated to begin on Hughes House later this year.

Hughes House is funded through a joint venture by housing association Home Group and BMO Real Estate Partners. The venture resulted in the BMO UK Housing Fund, which aims to accelerate the delivery of affordable homes for rent for key workers. Hughes House is the first scheme for the housing fund.

Equans is not only busy in Liverpool. The company was appointed in August to deliver a 268 mixed-tenure residential scheme in Winsford.

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It`s great news for London Rd, more footfall in local shops, cafes etc, and that it looks to be a sure-fire certainty that it gets built with the funding in place.
Hopefully, now the classic TJ Hughes store will get an upgrade, it always reminds me of a smaller version of Tati in Paris, ie “the peoples shop”

By Anonymous

All we are saying is give offices a chance.

By John Lemon

Wow that’s a dull design.

By Anonymous

Grim. The number of one bedroom apartment is telling. These aren’t for people to live and make lives.

By Jeff

Terrible design….even the render looks bad! So in reality it will be a God awful uninspiring identikit mess.

By Old Hall Street

One beds with no outdoor space. I’d urge the developers to go that slight bit better here: balconies and a roof garden. You’ll still meet viability and your development will be 10x better for the marginal cost!

By Living

Instead of tacky apartments and empty offices we should be concentrating on parks and gardens. It is time to stop trying to be like Leeds and Manchester. We are supposed to be Liverpool.

By Bixteth boy

Hah …..”its time to stop being like Leeds and Manchester”, ie SUCCESSFUL, as we are Liverpool.
God help us , we`ll just be a city full of parks and bungalows, with no offices, no apartments, no work and no future.

By Anonymous

Trees? Greening? Landscaping? We need to up our game.

By Dezine