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Maro lodges proposal for 500 Brunswick Quay apartments

Plans for the £100m Brunswick Quay scheme to the south of Liverpool city centre have been submitted to Liverpool City Council on behalf of Maro Developments.

Architect Fletcher-Rae has designed a scheme comprising a total of 552 dwellings across four buildings, varying in height from seven storeys to 12, linked by landscaped garden piazzas set above secure enclosed car parking.

The practice said that the piazzas will provide children’s play space, recreational space and views out to the River Mersey and marina.

Andrew Rae, co-founder of Fletcher-Rae, said: “The proposed buildings are arranged to elevate residences to ensure that all residents have attractive views across the Mersey and adjacent marina.

“A strong identity for the landmark site has been developed which also looks to create powerful links with the immediate public realm by introducing mixed-use public spaces that connect with water-front footpaths and cycleways.

“The rich maritime and industrial history of Liverpool’s southern docks has shaped the form and materials embodied in the masterplan for Brunswick Quay; the proposed design of the buildings and landscaping take cues from this industrial past and are integrated into a simple palette of materials. “

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The planning application incorporates retail and commercial units at the ground floor of the buildings along the riverside.

Rae continued: “Throughout the design process, the project team has worked in close collaboration with Liverpool City Council’s planning & highways departments, Historic England and The Canals & Rivers Trust to ensure the proposal is fully considered.”

The professional team includes Hannans on building services, Abacus as cost consultant, structural engineer Integra, Mott Macdonald on highways, planner Roman Sumner, landscape architect Open and heritage consultancy Graeme Ives.

Maro, set up as the property vehicle of Matalan founder John Hargreaves, first advanced plans for an Ian Simpson-designed 60-storey tower that won consent but were thrown out by then-Secretary of State Ruth Kelly in 2006, leading to a reworked proposal in 2008 for a mid-level scheme of eight cylindrical buildings, designed by Studio Egret West.

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