Liverpool City Council has appointed a team led by LDA Design to develop a spatial regeneration framework for the Baltic Triangle, an area which has seen nearly £200m invested in new developments since 2012.
LDA Design, the masterplanner behind London’s Olympic Park, has been picked to head up the team, which also features JLL, Mott Macdonald, heritage specialist Robert Bevan, and DS Emotion. LDA opened its North West office in Manchester last October, and the Baltic Triangle project represents its first project in the region.
The framework will be designed to guide future development in the Baltic Triangle and to protect its growing cluster of digital and tech businesses.
Liverpool City Council endorsed the creation of an SRF in October last year in reaction to “increasing pressure for development” in the Baltic Triangle, which it argued was “often to the detriment of existing and established uses”.
“In order to protect employment land, support the growth of the digital and creative industries sector, and ensure a sustainable mix of housing types and tenures, the city council needs to provide the local planning authority with all the tools to manage development within the area,” said the council.
“The Baltic Triangle contains a number of key sites within the city centre and it is imperative that the city council is able to effectively manage development to ensure it is of high quality, befitting of the place, and contributes to the long-term sustainability of the city.”
The area covered by LDA’s masterplan will be around 93 acres, incorporating the Cains Brewery and the emerging neighbourhood south of Upper Parliament Street.
A number of major developments, primarily apartments, have either started construction or won planning consent in the area in recent months; these include a 505-home project by Legacie Developments and designed by Falconer Chester Hall, and proposals by developer Eloquent to convert a four-storey brick warehouse into flats and commercial space.
Other ongoing schemes include a project by Baltic Creative CIC to convert the 19th-century Norfolk Street warehouse into workspace, pictured above, and a public café; and YPG’s 204-apartment scheme off Tabley Street.
A draft of the masterplan is set to go out to consultation in the summer before being formally adopted by the council as part of its 15-year Local Plan.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “The development of the Baltic Triangle is one of Liverpool’s great success stories of the past decade and this new masterplan will help guide and ensure this growth continues for the decades to come.
“Consultation with businesses and residents will be crucial to how this plan is shaped and I’m delighted we’ve appointed an internationally respected team of designers and planners who value community led design to oversee this process.
“The area’s position as one of Britain’s fastest-growing digital and creative hubs is something the city takes great pride in and we want to nurture this to ensure its future as a major engine in our economy.”