The developer’s proposals for its first new-build office block within the wider £5bn site have moved forward after Liverpool City Council approved the latest plans for the scheme.
Peel’s reserved matters application is for plot A03 of the Liverpool Waters masterplan, situated next to The Lexington, Moda’s 35-storey private-rented development currently being built by contractor BCEGI.
Peel is proposing a six-storey office block featuring floor plates of between 8,700 sq ft at ground floor level, up to around 10,700 sq ft on the upper floors.
The scheme has been designed by KKA Architecture, and has been scaled back slightly from original proposals, which pointed to a 100,000 sq ft office over eight storeys; the height has been cut to comply with Liverpool Waters’ building height parameter plan.
It will be Peel’s first commercial office venture within Liverpool Waters if it is brought forward; although it is understood the scheme is unlikely to be delivered speculatively, statistics published earlier this year point to a severe shortage of Grade A office space within Liverpool.
Approval of the reserved matters application will allow construction to begin, although a timescale has not yet been set for the scheme’s development.
The wider Liverpool Waters site has outline planning permission, secured in 2013; the office at plot A03 was announced at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes in 2015. Overall, the vast site has outline permission for 3.4m sq ft of commercial space, along with 9,000 residential units.
The team on the latest office development includes Walker Sime, Planit-IE, and Arup.