Placefirst Welsh Streets

Next phase of Welsh Streets housing submitted

Placefirst, the residential for rent specialist, has submitted plans for 52 new-build homes in the Welsh Streets to Liverpool City Council.

The £8m proposal includes a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom houses a part of a wider 299-home masterplan that includes the refurbishment of more than 300 Victorian terraced properties.

In what is Placefirst’s first application for new build in the area, this phase of houses will be located on Voelas Street, South Street and Wynnstay Street, taking up a mix of longstanding vacant sites and areas where refurbishment has been deemed impossible. Once delivered, the new homes will stitch together the historic street pattern of the Welsh Streets, impacting most on South Street, a key pedestrian route currently characterised by blank gable-end walls. MCAU is the architect.

Placefirst said that, similar to the refurbished properties, the new build homes will have access to attractive landscaped communal avenues which are replacing the yards and alleys typically associated with terraced housing.

Consultation was held in December. Subject to planning approval and enabling works, Placefirst hopes to start construction by summer, with works to be led by in-house contractor Placefirst Construction. Hoes will be available from early 2020.

David Smith-Milne, managing director of Placefirst, said: “These new designs for Welsh Streets will make a great contribution to the ongoing regeneration of this historic neighbourhood, and offer even more people a genuine alternative to volume housebuilder solutions.

“At a time when build-to-rent is largely characterised by small, urban apartments aimed at the young, and ownership starter-homes offer little other that small, identikit houses disconnected from established communities, Placefirst are creating aspirational, larger and architecturally exciting homes and leading the way in housing can be exciting and interesting once again.”

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The architects have done a nice job of these, who did them?

By l131b

Most of Liverpool within Queens Drive is Victorian. As such this is the style and density of housing that should be aimed for there. The city needs to stop once and for all from building any further horrendous, suburban, city killing cul-de-sacs.

By Morgan

The Welsh streets are starting to look really good again. So important to go with the grain of the city in this area. Look at the area around Lark Lane and the rest of Sefton Park. Liverpool 8 will be just as desirable. The historic environment is second to none. And it all joins up via Princes Park right through to the city centre.
More research should be done on the history of this area. Princes Boulevard in particular with all its Grade 1 listed churches. The ‘Welsh Cathedral’ on Prince’s Road needs such a project in tandem with its refurbishment. The history of the Welsh in Liverpool is crucial to understanding the city just as much as the Irish and of course our black communities.

By Roscoe

These designs are really good, the architects are MCAU, I really like the projects these guys are designing at the moment in the North West, they are raising the bar for all of us

By Norman Fox

Fantastic! I’m glad they’ve designed something that fits with the buildings around. Nice roof and a step away from box bashing of most other PRS schemes. This area is rich with Victorian properties and these new properties are a great addition.

By FredC

Liverpool’s rich architectural heritage will be added to with these superb contextual designs, hope it gets planning on what looks a great project for Placefirst and MCAU.

By Bobby St John

This is really really good. Deft work from MCAU and an exemplar project for an inner city (MCAU’s work in Morecambe’s West End and Ashton Baths also deserves kudos). Placefirst also deserve great credit for showing the way in doing quality affordable houses in a city. More please.

By SW

@Roscoe, you’re right. I just hope going forward the northern area of the city that is just as historic but poorer gets given the same level of respect as well.

By Morgan

Begs the question why the council and Plus Dane wasted millions of public money seeking to knock them all down in the first place.

By Oscar

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