The new Brunswick Quay

New designs for Brunswick Quay

Rachael Tinniswood

Architects Studio Egret West have drawn up fresh plans to redevelop Liverpool's Brunswick Quay after an earlier skyscraper scheme was scrapped.

Site owner Ollerton Developments, formerly Maro, is in detailed discussions with city planning officers regarding a new multi-million pound mixed-use scheme for the site which would include a combination of homes, a spa, bars and restaurants.

Architects at Studio Egret West have planned a series of cylindrical towers topped with roof gardens. A cafe, grocery store and office space would complete the scheme.

Jamey Hargreaves, son of Matalan founder and owner of Ollerton Developments, John Hargeaves, said: "The property mix will comprise apartments of various styles and sizes together with a substantial number of flexible family homes, as well as commercial space.

"We wanted a scheme that made a clear statement about our desire to create something imaginative and compelling and we feel that Studio Egret West has delivered that.

"We believe our proposals set this development apart from others in the city in the way they provide access to Liverpool's greatest natural resource – the river."

Christophe Egret, partner at Studio West, said: "We are investigating an original form of development that physically opens up the views to the River Mersey and Liverpool while providing a destination at the edge of the city centre that will be conducive to family life."

The original Ian Simpson-designed 50-tower skyscraper plan was first put forward several years ago, but resulted in rejection by Liverpool City Council on height and housing over-supply grounds. An appeal was also rejected by then Local Government Secretary Ruth Kelly.

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