Public consultation has been opened on Ten Streets Liverpool, the regeneration district north of the city centre, as Liverpool City Council and development partner Harcourt Developments seek to build momentum for the project.
As part of the month-long consultation, public exhibitions were held over the weekend at the Titanic Hotel, and will move onto FACT on Wednesday 8 February and Friday 10 February.
At this stage, there are no detailed proposals and work on a masterplan will be informed by the consultation campaign. The headline-grabber of the Ten Big Ideas proposals is a revolving theatre, based on the successful Stage Around system first created in an aircraft hangar in Holland, while the proposal also ha an air of Bruce Katz’s work on innovation districts. There is also talk of Ten Streets being a renewable energy exemplar.
Elements of the scheme include adding new squares and public spaces into the area, which is typified by former dock buildings and industrial spaces. Ten Streets covers 125 acres of former dockland between the northern edge of the city centre and the landmark Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Dock and is designated as a “creative economy” district by the council.
The city is currently investing £30m in upgrading the A565 Great Howard Street and Regent Road in the area, while a new rail connection is being discussed.
Harcourt built the Titianic Hotel and is currently onsite at the vast Tobacco Warehouse, which is being converted into residential, an aparthotel, and mixed commercial space.
Mayor Joe Anderson said: “The launch of this vision for the Ten Streets district is an opportunity of a lifetime to define Liverpool’s future as a creative powerhouse of the 21st century.
“For me, this new theatre says everything about our ambition for Ten Streets and how the creative sector can unleash the untapped potential of these once celebrated docklands and make them once again a beacon of economic growth.”
The next phase of work for Ten Streets will be undertaken by Paris-based architectural practice AWP.