Major Lime Street project approved

Neptune Developments hopes to be on site with the redevelopment of a large part of Lime Street in Liverpool in the final quarter of this year, it said after winning planning approval.

Commenting on the decision by Liverpool City Council to approve plans for the redevelopment of the Eastern terrace of Lime Street, Neptune Developments managing director Steve Parry said: “We are delighted that the scheme has been approved because this is a development that needs to happen. The delay has given us the opportunity to get this design right and fine- tune a development that will kick-start the wider regeneration of the Lime Street area. That process now needs to begin.”

Regeneration Liverpool, a joint venture between Sigma Inpartnership, the council, and developer Neptune, submitted plans earlier this year, but these were revised after criticism from residents. The application relates to the majority of the block bounded by Lime Street, Skelhorne Street, Copperas Hill and Bolton Street.

The revised proposal designed by Broadway Malyan, with IBI Group as planning agent, includes 30,000 sq ft of commercial space, a 101-bedroom hotel, and an 11-storey 412-bedroom student residential building.

The resubmitted plans propose the same scale of demolition outlined in the earlier application, including the replacement of the Futurist cinema. The grade two-listed ABC Cinema on Lime Street would be retained.

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Perhaps they can consult the “Colour me Beautiful” agent, it worked for my special person in life.

By Man on bicycle

Is this where the old cinema is – are they retaining the façade?

By Bob Dawson

I think it was the Hippodrome? Surely this wont go?

By Bob Dawson

Bob, it’s/was the Futurist.
Heritage society, Save Britain’s Heritage are appealing to the Government about this now.

By Man on bicycle

I wish modern architects had a bit less ego and a little more sensitivity. We desparetely need a scheme here, but not a great big lump of coloured panels over the top of Lime Street. The media wall is bad enough opposite St. George’s Hall’s south portico. Why not aim for the best rather than settling for the mediocre or even the appalling?

By Paul Blackburn

Paul – I’m not sure its a case of too much ego from architects; rather too little budget from clients!

By scrub

Yes, I’m sure your right on that one, but great big ‘wadges’ of colour 50 to 150 feet above the city hovering over a whole block that is largely 19th century commercial, three storeys in scale, and sandwiched at either end by two of Liverpool’s best art nouveau influenced pubs. I hope the vertical coloured panels at that height are just an old illustration and that they have managed to do something better with it.

By Paul Blackburn

Yes I agree, the colouring is not right and I still believe the windows are too small and dominated
by the dreary coloured slabs.
That whole aspect facing Lime Street, needs more quality about it.
It seems to be a completely rushed project.

By Man on bicycle

Oh dear! Pathetic, there goes another rubber tree plant!

By Dave Twiss