Plans dusted off for Chatham Place halls

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Designs have been resubmitted for a 353-room student accommodation development at Chatham Place in Liverpool city centre.

The proposals, from architect Falconer Chester Hall on behalf of developer System 3, are for a three-winged building of between three and five storeys bounded by Chatham Place, Overbury Street and Queensland Street. The property would provide 63 cluster units with communal lounges and eight studio apartments.

Plans also show undercroft parking and landscaping works.

A near identical scheme from EHA Developments was approved by Liverpool City Council in 2010. The company then went into administration and the plot was acquired by System 3.

The 1.2-acre site is close to the Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University campuses, and was the location of the St Anne's Roman Catholic Secondary Modern School before it was demolished in 1999. The plot has remained vacant.

In a planning and access statement to the council, FCH said: "There is a clear opportunity to bring a brownfield site back into use, by building a scheme which clearly defines existing routes, respects the existing character of the area and importantly provides excellent levels of passive surveillence to the street making the neighbourhood safer.

"Furthermore there is an opportunity to help the regeneration of the wider area through the quality of proposals, both in terms of urban design principles and the materials used in construction."

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