Pall Mall Liverpool June 2019

Kier and CTP submit plans for £200m Pall Mall

Charlie Schouten

The developers have put forward a long-awaited planning application for the £200m commercial development in Liverpool, featuring more than 400,000 sq ft of offices, a hotel, leisure, and retail.

The project will see a large swathe of the city around Bixteth Gardens and Exchange Station redeveloped to bring forward 400,000 sq ft of commercial space, and a public square. The hybride application includes full permission for the first office building and public realm, and outline permission for two further offices and a hotel.

The first office covers 112,000 sq ft and has floorplates of 15,000 sq ft per floor.

Remediation of the site is already well under way with Willmott Dixon on site to clear the area for redevelopment. This has been managed by Liverpool City Council and supported by the Combined Authority’s Single Investment Fund and is set to complete by spring 2020.

Once remediation works and the relocation of a substation completes, Kier and CTP’s project can get under way; a main contractor is yet to be appointed.

The scheme, however, is unlikely to come forward on a speculative basis; Oliver Butler of Kier Property told Place North West  last month there had been “a lot of interest” from potential occupiers, but the development was “very unlikely” to be brought forward speculatively, with the scheme hinging on securing a number of pre-lets before construction could begin.

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Also under the outline is a hotel, reaching around 13 storeys and set to feature 281 bedrooms; Kier and CTP are understood to be at heads of terms with a potential operator.

The professional team on the project includes architect Allies & Morrison, along with landscape architect Re-form. Colliers and Worthington Owen are the agents.

David Topham, director of CTP said: “Pall Mall is going to be a major catalyst project for Liverpool. The scheme will deliver new state of the art office accommodation in the heart of the CBD that meets and exceeds current sustainability standards.

“Importantly, the scheme is delivering a new centrepiece green square which will be well managed, be bio-diverse, safe and accessible to all, creating a new and relaxing space in the heart of the business district.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, added: “The proposed Pall Mall scheme is of huge importance to the development of our Commercial Business District. Liverpool city centre needs new Grade A office space to attract companies and highly skilled jobs so we can continue to grow our economy.

“I’m greatly encouraged by the thinking behind the scheme’s lay out and delighted the emphasis is as much on the quality of the place as it is on the design of the buildings. We’re looking at how we can develop the district and this scheme can act as a signpost for the future aspirations for the area.”

Future phases, covering land stretching to Leeds Street, are likely to include a wider mix of uses including residential and a multi-storey car park.

The development of the site has proved to be controversial, particularly around the remediation of Bixteth Gardens, which is currently being remediated to help support the scheme. Campaigners unsuccessfully tried to halt the gardens being developed earlier this year; however, it is understood opposition to the scheme has weakened, while a potential judicial review against the remediation of Bixteth Gardens never materialised.

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We won the Nimbys lost. A good move forward for Liverpool #eatyourheartoutnimby

By Michael McMoaner

I don’t understand why this is not going ahead if a company wants to move in to the new office’s. This looks very similar to office building’s in Sheffield which are already built! It can only be the government bias again but I hope not. Good news!

By Mary Woolley

They destroyed a fine green space for this. It will be a vacant plot for the foreseeable future. But hey, it’s Liverpool.

By Bixteth Boy

There’s no mention of plans to replace the lost herds of wildebeest and deer, nor the rabbits, red squirrels and great crested newts that Cllr Smalltown insisted were prevalent in the wonderful National Park previously known as Bixteth Gardens. Not good enough, CTP: must try harder.

By Sceptical

Get this moving as fast as possible!
We need a mixed use business scheme too – opposite Moorfields and around the old medieval lanes, (Hackins Hey, Tempest Hey etc.) – that will unite Moorfields with the wider business district. A much more informal scheme of shared space for digital enterprise could work here. It’s an interesting old area that could bolster the Commercial District with the right sort of development that bolsters the historic character but looks to the future for its client base.

By Roscoe

Mary there is no “Government bias”
The money for the development has come from single investment fund, this is money that has come from central government.
Also many jobs have been created in liverpool by moving jobs from London to liverpool -(HMRC) etc.

You’ve not provided any evidence for this “government bias”

By Stuart

If the government really hated Liverpool they wouldn’t subsidise Merseyrail to the tune of tens of millions of pounds a year.

I wonder how much subsidy Metrolink receives… oh that’s right, none. This must therefore be evidence that the government is bias against Manchester. Revolt!

By Anonymous

Yes Mr Roscoe! Liverpool is a historic digital and electronic city as I even remember using electronic pencil sharpeners and we invented computer games! We should have futuristic.office’s shaped like computer’s next to our glorious old heritage. Hopefully the government won’t stop it all or move it to another city.

By Mary Woolley

I can only hope ‘Mary Woolley’ is a spoof account

By Anonymous

@Mary your not actually from Liverpool are you ?

By Danny

The snide comments are from outside… ignore them!

By Roscoe

Bit worrying that Kier are involved with this development, the city says they are the next Carillion?

By CBA

With Kier involved (and ready to follow Carillion) this won’t happen quickly.

By John Smith

Liverpool Council should really consider the impact of any development going ahead with Kier at the helm!!!

By A Cynical

This is going to happen fast I assure u

By Anonymous

Kier are historically a contractor. Cash rich because they get paid after 14/28 days and take longer to pay creditors. They would have little WIP in that model. So how does investing £millions in infrastructure and property development without an exit fit with that core business and what the shareholders want to see in a program to reduce debt. The planning permission will create some value for what has been spent to date but I would expect them to want to realise it by passing on the opportunity to others. I am a shareholder

By Anonymous

And further to my previous comment. I am a Shareholder who has taken a bath in the last 12 months with a price fall from more than 1000 to today’s on just over 100. So I don’t want to hear the crap in this press release of today . I want to know how Kier are going to get out of it. I am not interested in the commentary of CTP who have no visible financial substance so won’t be chucking in the £ necessary to move this scheme on.

By Anonymous