A CGI of the central square at the proposed £200m Pall Mall development in Liverpool’s central business district has been released by developers Kier Property and CTP.
The joint venture plans to build out 400,000 sq ft of offices, retail and a hotel at the old Exchange Station site off Pall Mall, all centred around the green space. The plans will see the existing Bixteth Gardens redeveloped and replaced.
Designed by Leeds and Manchester-based landscape architect re-form, which has worked on North West projects including Trafford Council’s office redevelopment and Urban Splash’s Boat Shed in Salford Quays, the square is to feature a pavilion for a café or restaurant.
The developers said that overall, there will be double the number of trees and three times more planting than is currently present at the site, with additional public realm incorporated into the design.
Tom Gilman, managing director of Kier Property North, said: “We know that Bixteth Gardens is well used by workers and residents during the day, which is why the green square sits at the heart of the development.
“We want it to be a thriving space within the city that can be used during the day and also at night and weekends with entertainment such as cinema screenings, performances and markets.”
CTP chief executive David Topham added: “By investing in new public realm we can make this important green space more attractive, accessible and safe. We’re including many more trees and plants alongside lawned areas and pedestrian footpaths. We’ll have six times more seating so plenty of space for people to sit and enjoy their lunch as they do now.
“The green square will be at the heart of the development but there will also be new routes throughout the site connecting it to the wider business district and local community. It’s designed to be a much more usable and vibrant space which will be well maintained and managed for the benefit of residents, workers and visitors.”
An application for the remediation of the site by Liverpool City Council has been submitted and is expected to be heard early in the New Year. Following consultation earlier this year, Kier Property and CTP plan to submit a planning application for the Pall Mall scheme also in early 2019. The masterplan has been developed by Allies & Morrison.
Liverpool City Council named Kier and CTP as its preferred development partners in February last year. Mayor Joe Anderson said: “We need office space to attract blue chip companies and highly skilled jobs to the city. I’m encouraged by the green square designs as the quality of the public realm will be critical to the scheme’s success.”