Liverpool retail route to undergo makeover

Work is due to start in the New Year on a £3m public realm improvement scheme in the shopping area between Church Street and Lime Street outside the St John’s Shopping Centre and Clayton Square in Liverpool.

The pedestrianised area at Parker Street, Elliot Street and Houghton Street will receive new paving and planting to make it a more attractive route.

Liverpool City Council is working on the scheme with engineer Mott MacDonald and designer BCA Landscape. The amount of street furniture will be reduced and “large trees which currently dominate the landscape will be removed and replaced with trees more suited to a pedestrian environment”, the council said.

Liverpool Parker Street StepsThe steps which link Elliot Street to Great Charlotte Street are to be redesigned to make them less steep and include double height steps for seating.

The works will complement the St John’s Market refurbishment works which will include a newly improved entrance to the market from Eliot Street.

Funding for the scheme has been provided through the Local Growth Fund’s STEP (sustainable transport enhancement package) programme.

Work on removing the large trees will start in January with the main work starting in February and is expected to last about six months.

Access to shops and businesses will be maintained throughout the work.

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This is welcomed…I still think the link from Lime St, down the steps to here also needs looking at…

By Alty local

Yep, good news, high quality pubic realm is key to the overall urban landscape.

Atty Local: I think they’re remodeling the current steep steps as part of this.

Incidentally, I seem to recall that those existing steps, particularly around the upper level of them, tended to attract a bit of anti-social behavior. Not sure why that was, but think it may have been due to the pubs and bars in the vicinity and youths generally hanging-around-vantage-point syndrome.

Looking forward to this, there seems to be some quite classy public realm schemes going on in the country at the moment.

By Sprinter

Anyone know why there is such a level difference between Clayton Square and Lime Street here?

By Waterhouse

The level difference is due to the 1960s planning, which instead of following the traditional sloping street which was always there before, required shopping centres on one level and streets that were levelled out to accommodate them. It’s so you get lower level access to the (very poor) St. John’s centre from a level street all the way. A big mistake as the old St. John’s market had character and there was a lot of good old architecture.

By Bayboy

I’ve heard about the “destruction” of Clayton Square previously (there’s a song by Shack about this!), and would be really interesting to know how it was before. I’ve seen pictures but its such a big area that its really hard to orientate ones self. Thank you for the reply

By Waterhouse

Liverpool was department store city and 2nd only to London, with Blackler’s, Lewis’s, Owen Owen and George Henry Lees all clustered around or off Clayton Square, with traditional markets like St. John’s and the characterful Queen Square leading off. Europe’s oldest department store was in Compton House, now M&S, and the first Woolworths was opposite. Many of these kept their headquarters in Liverpool well into the 70s and 80s. Good to see the city regaining its rightful place, and the new Clayton Square scheme will add to the mix and integrate that area with Church Street Liverpool One.

By BayBoy

Its still got a John Lewis and Manch city centre hasn’t

By Uni

Yes, Liverpool is a wonderful shopping environment once more and is still on the up.

By BayBoy