St Anne Street

Fowler-backed Vauxhall flats move forward

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The third iteration of a project backed by former footballer Robbie Fowler has been revealed for a site on the junction of St Anne Street and Fox Street, at the former Litecraft warehouse plot in Vauxhall.

Two versions of the scheme have already come forward in recent years. Planning permission was granted in 2016 for 313 apartments, and this consent was then tweaked in 2018 to allow for 325 apartments.

This scheme was designed by Day Architectural, on behalf of Pointfield Developments. Pointfield, led by director David Lee, went into administration in 2019.

The latest application, totalling 300 apartments, is from architect Studio RBA, and is based on the Day designs with some amends. The applicant is SEP Construction Services, advised by The Planning Studio.

Proposals are for three blocks, of between five and eight storeys, made up of studios, one and two bedroom apartments, targeted at young professionals and families.

In February, former Liverpool footballer Robbie Fowler announced a partnership with Elatus Developments to bring forward the scheme, at the time totalling 325 flats, dubbed St Anne’s Gardens.

The statement at the time said 50 apartments had already been sold off plan, and the project was due to complete in autumn 2021. The flats which have already been sold are not being altered in this latest planning application.

Elatus is still leading on the development. According to Companies House, Elatus’ sole director is Robert Taylor.

The flats are being marketed to investors at starting prices of £81,000 with up to 10% net yields.

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This persistent lack of ambition, backed by a few pocket park imbeciles, who hate anything that resembles a skyscraper has got to stop. We think we are going one step forward, but we are still three steps back, and the other city prevails.

By Michael McDonut

Apartment = an expensive flat with a kitchen in the living room.

By Anonymous

If the Government is true to it’s word and grants entry to the eligible Hong Kong citizens(approx 3 million). There is going to be some very interesting developments needed to accommodate them all. It’s a fair guess to say at least 10% of them would head to the NW because of the historic and new links with HK. So what do we build if that happens more bungalows, taking up valuable space, or more dense and taller apartments? The population is growing anyway, with the trend continuing for single living. We need more positive action and understanding of the market by the planners and NIMBY’s.

By Man on a bicycle

This is a good scheme for St. Anne Street. And talking of ‘pocket parks’ you have Everton Park at the back here which is vast. Liverpool towers by the way will always be in clusters in the right place! We had the tallest building in Europe for at least 30 years, the Royal Liver Building, and we were the birthplace of the ‘skyscraper’ (ref. Peter Ellis – Oriel Chambers).

By Roscoe.

What Liverpool can do with more of is decent quality contemporary architecture, skyscraper or otherwise, with a careful balance of residential, workspaces (office-style environments, studios, etc), and leisure. It also need to generate more home-grown businesses.
Building offices is all and well (the city does need some up-to-date Grade A stock in this respect). There can be the possibility though that when a new office is built, an existing company within the city centre moves in these, with the old, aged and obsolete stock converted to residential due to low-floorplates, etc.
Most of the companies that occupy Chester’s City Place scheme down the road for example are just city businesses upgrading to better offices.
Quality workplaces ensure healthier and happier humans.

By SW

these smaller schemes heip to fill the vacant plots , be good to get some talls just behind the waterfront and at the lower baltic.
need to get mayor steve to think big and get some action on our transport , like significant merseyrail expansion, and a tram system in the downtown area.

By sound

Michael mcdonut is absolutely right about skyscrapers. The distance from st Anne square to castlefields ( where deansgate square towers are, is the same distance as Liverpool town hall to Fox street. St Anne’s square and Liverpool town hall are the centres of which all distances are gauged from.

By George

If the Government is true to it’s word and grants entry to the eligible Hong Kong citizens would they just not move into the apartments they already own and have been funding the development of through off-plan sales for the past decade?

By UnaPlanner

Liverpool still suffers from a leadership that is weak and lacking in ambition, with ridiculously poor excuses for not moving the city forward. Liverpool’s poor leadership has been Manchester’s trump card since the mid 1990’s.

By Michael McDonut

The lack of media scrutiny into former footballers come property developers amazes me – they played the game of the common man yet offer a retail product for the elite. This sort of out of touch residential proposal will turn our northern cities into soulless, characterless spaces and put even more financial pressures on young pockets.

By Anonymous

@unaplanner, What all 3 million of them own empty flats or so, about a 10th of all UK housing stock? Do you have proof of this? Cheers me dears

By Are you sure?

What Liverpool needs is cash, vision and leadership.

At the moment it doesn’t really have much of each.

With those three it could be a UK top 5 city

By North by North-West

Liverpool is a linear city, built along its waterfront. The Mersey was its highway and its tallest buildings always followed the line of the river (till the 60s). This development is in Everton, not Vauxhall even, and it’s right for that area. The tallest and most massive warehouses in the world were built along the river and some of them survive. We need towers in small clusters reflecting the city’s morphology. These are emerging slowly now, from the planning stage, and on the ground. The Baltic Triangle; the North Shore; Pall Mall; and even Paddington; these are all good places for well designed towers. But don’t become obsessed with them, they don’t have to happen overnight. Liverpool has taken 300 years to get where it is today, and it has a long future.

By The Crows Nest

I don’t think this is too bad. It’s not very imaginative, but its scale and materials are OK, it doesn’t want to bully people into noticing it, and it is located in an area which could usefully use some new development.

By Moomo