Architect KKA has filed a planning application for a 1,000-space ten-storey car park and CHP energy centre at Smithdown Lane on behalf of Liverpool City Council and Morgan Sindall.
The application is for the Elm Grove site, off Smithdown Road and Albert Street with a railway cutting to the south.
KKA’s application was registered by Liverpool City Council on 26 July and is effectively a resubmission of plans proposed in November last year – no significant alterations have been made, and Place North West understands that the resubmission is down to some small changes in technical details. No separate application fee is payable.
Various projects are now moving forward at Paddington Village, with Morgan Sindall now working on a roadworks programme to improve access to the area. The contractor is also engaged in site clearance for The Spine, which will be the new northern headquarters for the Royal College of Physicians.
Kier is on site with a £28m student learning and accommodation centre for Kaplan, due for completion in September 2019, and Interserve has started Proton Partners’ £35m cancer treatment centre.
The car park’s upper decks will be clad in powder-coated aluminium cladding in irregular rectangular panel groups. KKA’s design & access statement said that the car park will offer enhanced enclosure to the Paddington Village central square, and viewed from Mason Street will offer a continuinty of scale.
KKA added that the energy centre and railway cutting offer “significant separation” between the car park and student accommodation area ranged around the Williamson Tunnel Heritage Centre and Smithdown Lane police station.
As part of Compulsory Purchase discussions in spring 2017 concerning the 36 flats at the site, the council said that it intends to operate the car park itself, describing the facility as a “crucial aspect” of Paddington Village’s delivery.