Pall Mall Aerial Shot
The first office building, clad in red, is set to start early next year

Kier and CTP confirm start date for £200m Pall Mall

Charlie Schouten

At a consultation held at Liverpool’s Exchange Station, Kier Property and CTP confirmed plans to start the first office building in its £200m Pall Mall project in spring next year, following a nine-month remediation of Bixteth Gardens due to start in the coming months.

An outline planning application for the entire scheme, which features four buildings delivered across three phases, will be submitted in autumn this year, along with a detailed application for the first building at the site which sits behind Exchange Station.

The first building is a nine-storey office block, while 80,000 sq ft of public realm will also be delivered as part of this phase.

Remediation works to help deliver this first phase will be carried out by Liverpool City Council and is expected to take nine months, while construction of the first phase is programmed at 18 months.

Remediation will be extensive with tunnels running under the site while former platforms and railway lines will need to be excavated to clear the site for development.

Bixteth Gardens will be closed for a period of around two-and-a-half years while construction works are ongoing, but the developers said the project would lead to a net gain in green space and public realm once the project is delivered, providing 80,200 sq ft of public space, compared with 60,000 sq ft currently at the site.

This public space will feature a pavilion which could be used as a café or restaurant, while ground floor space in the commercial developments is also earmarked for retail or leisure.

Pall Mall CGI

Pall Mall’s first office will be delivered alongside public realm

Kier Property representatives at the consultation said the construction of the office would be put out to competitive tender, rather than being built by Kier’s construction arm.

This first office is being developed on a speculative basis with no end-user lined up as yet, although the developers added the occupiers could be “a mix of local employers seeking new office space” or “inward investors into Liverpool” and “potentially public-sector”.

Following the delivery of the office, a hotel will form part of the second phase. This building could reach up to around 16 storeys in height, and Colliers International has been instructed to market the hotel to operators, with a number of these already showing interest in the site.

Two further office buildings are planned after the hotel as a third phase, and in total, Pall Mall will deliver 400,000 sq ft of offices. One of these blocks will be circa nine storeys, while the other will likely be taller at around 12 storeys.

Beyond the initial three-phase development, there are also options to expand the site further down the line, although no timescale for this part has been set.

This could feature a mix of residential and a multi-storey car park, with the residential stepping up in height towards Leeds Street, where Elliot Group is set to deliver its three-tower Infinity development, which tops out at 39 storeys.

The professional team on the project includes architect Allies & Morrison alongside landscape architect Re-Form. The consultation, housed in the atrium at Exchange Station, is also set to continue today and will run from 8am to 7pm.

Tom Gilman managing director for the North at Kier Property said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to consult further with the local community and businesses in the Pall Mall area. It is important for the city that we deliver the office-element of this scheme and need to get the balance right by creating a high-quality piece of public realm and a green space amenity which can be used by the whole community. Consulting with the people who are most likely to live and work in the space is absolutely the most effective way for us to do this.”

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This area should be LCC’s number 1 priority if Liverpool is to grow its rent sqft and encourage spec development that can attract footloose inward investment thus creating quality jobs that aren’t solely focussed on the city’s strong leisure and tourism market . Good luck with phase1

By CMW

Agree with you CMW but that doesnt mean produce poor buildings of which the first one certainly is. Would get back to the drawing board with that one.

By Mikes mate

Interesting comment re the quality of the buildings. The visuals I saw yesterday looked rather impressive and would sit well in the best of the latest office led schemes in the UK. Seeing as no planning application has yet been submitted you therefore either work for the architect or the developer given the comment re poor quality. Either that or just a bizzare and premature comment built on the basis of a couple of visuals??

By CMW

In fairness to people commenting, a few visuals is all they’ve been given to go on. Including at the consultation.

It is a boring, and quite dark looking, building. Another street in Liverpool going from fab to drab.

If the first two floors were glass front, tapered inwards, to produce a brick building floating on top of a trapezoidal glass shape, that could look quite interesting.

There’s nothing stand out about this, and I can’t see it attracting major occupants as a result. Given the involvement of the city’s council, wonder if that’s the intention.

By Mike

CMW – its hardly a bizarre comment. I’m commenting on what has been presented and that is forming the basis of my opinion. Show me something else that looks different and maybe I will say something different but on the basis of these CGIs I’m very disappointed.

By Mikes mate

It is bizarre. You say it’s poor quality like you have seen the technical specification when what you actually mean is that you don’t like the visuals (based on 2 of them). Two very different things. I will stick with bizarre thanks

By CMW

Office build to start in Spring next year? I don’t think so.

By Lots to do

Wasn’t construction supposed to start this year? I know certain people like football above all else, but do we really need constantly moving goalposts?

Any elections/selection contests due?

By Mike

CMW, you too say you have only seen visuals, yet on this basis alone you say they look impressive and up there with the best. Others looking at the visuals and coming to a different conclusion is therefore equally valid as an opinion. Unless you feel it is also bizarre for your own view to be so prematurely expressed.

I would point out that given the historic nature of the neighbouring buildings, and that this is supposed to be a consultation prior to planning application, it is disappointing that a couple of visuals to judge the possible quality is all there is to go on.

By Mike

What you saying now CMW?

By Anonymous

I’m saying it looks impressive. A comment about poor quality design is flawed based on visuals. It implies that the design is poor, the finish, the spec etc. Saying something looks impressive based on visuals is different, completely different. Not too many historic buildings in this particular spot either if you count a 1980s facade retention, a 00’s apartment block or a timber clad mscp. Too many heritage loons in Liverpool that end up getting placated, which then does actually result in a poor quality building (based on more than 2 visuals too)

By CMW

Theirs nothing spectacular there. Just a tired old fashioned development. Enough is enough get some young buck from the USA here with imagination of the kind of the Bloomberg building or the Guggenheim in Bilbao

By George