Throughout August, Place North West will be featuring reflections from property professionals on the towns and cities that shaped them, and how the fabric of these places has changed along with their vision for the future of their homes.
In the first in the series, Alison Carroll, development project manager at Ask Real Estate, reflects on her upbringing in Liverpool and the steps the city needs to take to continue its renaissance.
Liverpool has always been, and still is my home, other than a brief trip down the M62 to study at the Manchester Metropolitan University. It has certainly shaped me as an individual and as a property professional.
The city has seen so much change just in my lifetime. From the standout development of new commercial buildings to the emergence of a world-class shopping core and thousands of modern homes to house future generations of Liverpudlians. It’s unrecognisable from even just a decade ago.
Maintaining a long tradition, Liverpool continues to be the north’s cultural beacon on a global stage and as the city grows and evolves it is vital that this is protected and not eroded in the name of regeneration.
Thankfully Liverpool Council has a robust masterplan in place which will serve to protect the city’s heritage and personality whilst enabling continued world-class development of key areas. Soon the city’s knowledge quarter in the eastern gateway will deliver over 1.8m sq ft of space for science, technology, education, health and residential development. The jobs created by this expansion of business will ensure that Liverpool’s next generation continues to prosper.
I’m excited by the Ten Streets campaign to support the Strategic Regeneration Framework which aims to protect and develop Liverpool’s distinctive personality and purpose. It is so important that as the city grows, and change inevitably comes, that we protect the essence of what makes Liverpool unique.
If the Council can deliver on its vision for Ten Streets it will encourage even more people into the creative industries and we’ll see the development of more artistic workspaces, theatres and music venues.
Culture has played such an important part in Liverpool’s history and it continues to do so today. The superb maritime museum and the buildings that have evolved around it attract so many visitors and the new M&S Bank arena next to the Albert Dock is a superb addition to the city. Liverpool has some extraordinary assets such as the maritime architecture which provides a great historical backdrop to the emerging £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.
I was so proud of my home city when The Three Graces were granted UNESCO World Heritage status. At the time I was working on the Mann Island scheme on the waterfront and it was clear that it was going to be another notable moment of global recognition in the city’s remarkable history.
Most people think of the city centre and the waterfront when they picture Liverpool but few probably know that it also ranks 10th in the country for green city space with its expanse of parks. Sefton Park and Calderstones Park are not only great landmarks and destinations but are superb venues for outdoor theatre and concerts.
Cities need green spaces so the people can breathe and thrive and to encourage communities to come together. I’d like to see Liverpool maintain, expand and protect that in the future.