LMH plans £8m tower redevelopment

Liverpool Mutual Homes has submitted a planning application to transform an empty block on a main approach into the city into modern apartments around a courtyard.

The design by John McCall Architects would see Marwood Tower, between Great Homer Street and Kirkdale Road, overhauled to provide 81 apartments for over-55s in an £8m scheme. The last residents moved out in February 2013 to make way for redevelopment.

LMH plans to completely refurbish 57 flats and build 24 new apartments providing a mixture of one- and two-bed apartments.

There would be an all-weather bowling green, outdoor gym, raised planters, a green living wall and climbing plants.

The old and new buildings would be linked by covered walkways that open in the centre of the courtyard. Externally, the arced building would be designed to create the feeling of a terraced street with contrasting brick facades.

Phil Van Dyke, associate at John McCall Architects, said: "The addition of the new arced building increases the aesthetic appeal, means more homes can be provided while the courtyard garden gives the tower a new lease of life. We want to create a building with two main purposes from a design perspective. Externally, we want it to be very striking and have great kerb appeal for the thousands of people who pass by every day, while contrasting this internally with a secluded, tranquil garden courtyard for residents to enjoy together."

In designing the scheme, LMH worked with support charities, Imagine and Nugent Care, and a number of the apartments will be available for people with support needs to live independently.

The makeover would include sound insulation to the façade to protect residents from noise caused by nearby roads. The development is aimed to reach Lifetime Homes, Building for Life and Secured by Design standards.

Liverpool City Council's planning committee is due to discuss the application at its meeting in January 2015.

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