MBED Architects has submitted an application on behalf of Homefast for 30 new key worker dwellings on brownfield land opposite the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.
Located in the Knotty Ash Conservation Area, the scheme known as Little Bongs has been developed through close working with the planning, heritage and urban design teams at Liverpool City Council. The proposed high density residential development comprises of one-bed apartments, two-bed duplex apartments and two-bed houses, of which 20 have a front door, nine have a garden and seven have a roof terrace.
The site is currently accessed through a narrow archway located on the westbound carriageway of East Prescot Road. Under the new proposals, this access would be transformed into a pedestrian-only avenue and amenity space. Local residents occupying houses adjacent and beyond the site will benefit from a new access road, with a new access off Thomas Lane.
Mark Bennett, director and creative lead at MBED Architects, said: “It is without doubt an exciting time for this area of Liverpool. The recent completion of the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital continues to have a regenerative effect on the local area, and this project is part of that.
“Our aim has been to contribute to the positive regeneration of this area and create a development that benefits the local community; through thoughtful design, by responding to context and by making the most of this site.”
Homefast is controlled by the Byrne family, who have assembled the site over 30 years. MD Sean Byrne is a former property fund manager at the Co-operative Group. He said: “Getting here has been a complex and lengthy process and we are grateful to MBED Architects, the team they have assembled and Liverpool City Council for their support and commitment, enabling the scheme to finally be realised.
“We are eager to continue these working relationships into the future and to deliver further exciting, progressive and sustainable developments.”
MBED Architects is supported on the project by DePol Planning Consultants, Curtins Consulting Engineers, Envirotech NW, and site engineer SEP.