Manchester-based planning consultant Mosaic Town Planning is to open a Liverpool office in Bruntwood’s 18-storey The Plaza next week, as it aims to better support its growing roster of Merseyside clients and stamp its mark on the city region.
Mosaic has signed a contract on a co-working suite at the 385,000 sq ft office building on Old Hall Street.
The office will be headed by director Leon Armstrong who has been based at the firm’s Lowry House office since joining in February 2007.
Armstrong said the move is a reflection of the “strong residential demand” in the city region.
“We want to have a base there. We know that there are some affordable [housing] providers in Liverpool and Merseyside who are keen on using consultants that have a base there.”
Mosaic currently employs three staff, Armstrong and fellow directors, Paul Williams and Andrew Jalali.
Armstrong will work between the Manchester and Liverpool offices and, dependent on its success, Mosaic could look to employ a graduate to work from the Liverpool site.
“At the moment we are looking to get through this period and then we will be looking at growth and the Liverpool site is part of that,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong, born and educated in Liverpool, is returning to the city for the first time since he graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2004.
Armstrong said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to come back to Liverpool, a move which will allow Mosaic to continue our work with existing Merseyside-based clients and make new connections in the local property sector.”
The consultancy’s Merseyside clients include Torus, Keepmoat and Persimmon.
Mosaic is advising Torus on the redevelopment of the former Rock Ferry High School into 200 homes as well as a 24-home affordable scheme in Whiston.
The firm also advised care home provider Belong’s plans for a 72-bed facility at Wirral Waters. which won consent last April.
In Liverpool city centre, Mosaic is the planning consultant for a mixed-use development on Parr Street, made up of 114 apartments and a hotel being delivered by PJ Percival Construction.
Director Paul Williams, said: “With so much of our work being in the area and our personal local connections, it makes sense for us to be on the ground in the heart of Liverpool as the city region increasingly fulfils its potential.”
Mosaic will open its Liverpool office on 3 August.