Applications for residential schemes across Liverpool have been approved at the city council’s planning committee, including apartments targeted at key workers and students, alongside two additional hotels.
Great George Street
An application for seven buildings, ranging in height from two-storeys to 19-storeys, was approved for the 8.4-acre site at Great George Street, previously set to be home to the stalled New Chinatown scheme.
The architect for the scheme is Brock Carmichael, with Arup advising on planning.
Overall, the consented scheme included:
Seven buildings of between two and 18 storeys, made up of 466 apartments and 37 townhouses
130,000 sq ft of commercial space
144 bedroom hotel
45,000 sq ft of offices with parking and landscaping
400 basement car parking spacesn
300 cycling spaces
The site has a long and unsuccessful planning history. Prior to the recession, Urban Splash submitted an application for 740 residential units, but the scheme was never proceeded due to the collapse of the residential market at the time.
North Point Global submitted another application for the site in 2015 for New Chinatown, which was heavily marketed to overseas investors. However the project was marred with delays and questions over its viability, and in 2017 Northpoint announced it would be ceasing operations, and the project would not be progressed, leaving many buyers out of pocket.
The project was approved despite letters of objection highlighting concerns the scheme would block views of the Cathedral. In a report to the council, the planning officer defended the decision to recommend the project for approval, stating: “We wish to allow the silhouette of the cathedral to continue to dominate the city. For all applications in large scale developments, the development level falls below the shoulder of the cathedral. In this particular instance the overall height of the shoulder of the cathedral stands at 85.3m and the height of this development 82.7m.”
Elliot Group’s application for two buildings, one six-storey and one five-storey, on Falkner Street was granted planning permission.
The application, under the name Falkner Street Developments, would see the demolition of the former Merseyside probation centre and the former St Stephens Church.
The scheme will deliver 106 key worker homes and 182 student bedrooms across two new residential blocks
The developer purchased the site at an auction hosted by Pugh & Co.
The scheme is designed by Falconer Chester Hall and Zerum advised on planning.
Elliot Group in a joint venture with Valorem Investment Partners also received consent for two buildings, at nine and 16-storeys at Park Lane, near to Heap’s Rice Mill.
The 0.84-acre site is used as a car park. Block A, which would sit off the corner of Park Lane and Liver Street, would house 90 apartments. Block B, which would be on the corner of Pownall Street and Park Lane would be a 260-bedroom hotel.
According to Elliot Group managing director Elliot Lawless, an announcement on a hotel operator is imminent.
Falconer Chester Hall designed the scheme and Zerum is the planner.
At the same committee, a third scheme designed by Falconer Chester Hall also secured planning permission, a student accommodation block on Gildart Street, within the Fabric District of Liverpool.
The eight-storey, 53-bedroom student accommodation will be made up of 48 cluster bedrooms and 5 studios.
The scheme has been designed for Liverpool developer Gildart Street.
The structural engineers is Clancy Consultants. The planner is Zerum, and SCP is the highway consultant, with Rachel Hacking providing the site ecology study.
The final approved project would see the phased redevelopment and expansion of Springfield Park, next to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The park proposals would reach 23 acres, and would include hard and soft landscaping, planting and trees, two junior sports pitches, table tennis, 1km running route, and an outdoor multi-gym.
The application site also has potential for a café and a farm, but these are not part of this application.
Alder Hey Hospital is the developer, and the scheme was designed by Cullinan Studio, which is also delivering a £20m community cluster for the hospital.