Peel William Jessup House June 2019

Peel progresses 70,000 sq ft Liverpool Waters office

Charlie Schouten

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.

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Lets see how easy it is for the nimbys to stall this because suddenly there is a a danger to Liverpools snail and bat population.

By Michael McMoaner

If there is a 35 flor tower next to this building….how is there a height restriction?

By Graham

“…if it is brought forward…”

That sound? People not holding their breath.

Peel simply do not speculate in the Liverpool market. Liverpool Waters – as is the company’s right – is a strategic land play only.

By Sceptical

“understood the scheme is unlikely to be delivered speculatively” so it’s not progressing then. Slow news day?

By Keith Lard

Fake news. Its a site compound for the resi towers for two years for a start.

By Mikes mate

Pell bashing on here ? Liverpool Waters is up and running there are 8 constructions this year and many more on the way and there not cheap tacky boxes

By Anonymous

This is wonderful news about there being more office’s. Hopefully the government who are bias against Liverpool and want to manage its decline will not stop it and move it to Manchester or Sheffield! We are one of the most historic office district’s so it’s only right more are built here to help our economy and provide good jobs for youngster’s!

By Mary Woolley

if there is shortage of office space, why has the scheme been scalled back. epsically, as next door they are building a 35 store resisdental block?

By stuart wood

the government ‘aren’t bias towards liverpool’. billions of pound of tax payers money has been given to the region as part of the funding for the mayors. there is no evidenec of ‘managed decline’.
liverpool needs to be be proactivey reducing the barriers to business and opening itself to world like manchester has been doing for 20 years. it could start with reforming business and property taxes. bulding infrusture out to the airport and reforming the planning system.

By stuart wood

@Stu ‘reforming business and property taxes and reforming the planning system‘ are not within the gift of local government. And by the way, there is zero evidence that the planning system is a barrier to development. If anything it’s the regulation-lite developer-led model for housing delivery that has produced so many ugly speculative housing estates devoid of proper infrastructure that results in the typical hostility m to new housing.

By In the know