After securing planning permission this week, Kier Property and CTP are aiming to start on the £200m commercial scheme in Liverpool next summer, with a hotel now set to be part of the project’s opening phase.
The developers also confirmed a hotel, due to be operated by Leonardo, will now be included in the first phase, along with an office building and extensive public realm. Place North West revealed Leonardo and Kier had agreed heads of terms on a 281-bedroom hotel at the site in August this year.
The hybrid application for the three-acre city centre site was approved this week by Liverpool City Council; this includes full permission for a 112,000 sq ft office and public realm, along with outline permission for hotel and two further offices.
A reserved matters application to confirm details around the hotel is expected in the first quarter of next year.
Contractor Willmott Dixon is currently on site carrying out remediation and relocating a substation, which has been supported by the city council via the Liverpool City Region’s Single Investment Fund.
A main contractor for the offices or hotels is yet to be appointed but is likely to be chosen via a tender list from Liverpool City Council. Work on the hotel, offices, and public realm is due to begin next summer.
Future phases, covering land stretching to Leeds Street, are likely to include a wider mix of uses including residential and a multi-storey car park.
The development of the site has proved to be controversial, particularly around the remediation of Bixteth Gardens, which is currently being remediated to help support the scheme.
Campaigners unsuccessfully tried to halt the gardens being developed earlier this year; however, it is understood opposition to the scheme has weakened, while a potential judicial review against the remediation of Bixteth Gardens never materialised.
Pall Mall is being backed by Liverpool City Council given the city’s lack of office space within the city centre; the council has identified a “desperate need” for new space and has brought forward a strategic regeneration framework for the city’s commercial business district in an attempt to combat the shortfall.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “The Pall Mall scheme is of huge importance to the development of our Commercial Business District, so I’m delighted it’s now been given planning approval and construction can get started.
“Liverpool city centre needs new Grade A office space to attract companies and highly skilled jobs so we can continue to grow our economy. I’m greatly encouraged by the thinking behind the scheme’s lay out and delighted the emphasis is as much on the high quality of the place and dwell time as it is on the design of the buildings. We’re looking at how we can develop the district over the next 10-20 years and this scheme will act as a catalyst for the future aspirations for the area 2020 and beyond.”
Tom Gilman of Kier Property added there had been “strong occupier interest” for the office space.
The professional team on the project includes architect Allies & Morrison, along with landscape architect Re-form. Colliers and Worthington Owen are the agents.