KQ Gateway Liverpool

Team appointed on KQ Gateway

Liverpool City Council has appointed GVA How Planning, K2 Architects and Planit-IE to develop a masterplan for the Knowledge Quarter Gateway.

The partnership will now create a Spatial Regeneration Framework for the Gateway, which covers more than 56 acres. It is hoping to form a draft masterplan for consultation towards the end of this year, which could be adopted by the council’s cabinet in early 2019.

The council is due to meet with the winning consortium for an inception meeting today. Place North West understands that of around 20 bidders, three consortia were shortlisted, with the runners-up being teams led by Sheppard Robson and MICA, formerly Rick Mather Architects.

Key issues will include how best to redevelop the Lime Street area around the Adelphi Hotel, Central Station and Mount Pleasant; dovetailing the proposals from Liverpool John Moores University at Copperas Hill; plans for the Fabric District and London Road; Merseytravel’s plans for Central Station and private sector schemes such as Circus Liverpool at the former Lewis’s building.

The team will also include a number of supporting consultants including Mott Macdonald on transport, GVA on property advisory services, Rob Burns on heritage and Enfusion on strategic environmental assessment.

The council recently acquired Central Station shopping centre and is overseeing public realm proposals for St George’s Plateau. It has also set out an ambition to redevelop the Mount Pleasant car park area.

KQ Liverpool is classed as a Mayoral Development Zone, with its main project on site being the £1bn Paddington Village scheme.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “The Knowledge Quarter Gateway is vital to this city’s economic future and such is the scale of its potential it will be a huge employer for generations to come.

“This gateway project is now the final piece in the jigsaw to connect the site to the rest of the city centre and complete the wider regeneration of Lime Street, Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill. Its impact cannot be underestimated.”

Mark Davies, director at K2 Architects, said: The KQ Liverpool vision is for a new epicentre that will break down the historical boundaries and repurpose the magnificent heritage to reconnect the Gateway to the city, Knowledge Quarter and the waterfront. The KQ Gateway is about ambition, not acccepting the norm and going the extra mile.”

Once approved by the council’s cabinet, the SRF will be adopted as a Spatial Planning Document to guide all future planning applications in the area and provide developers with detailed information of design and build issues including height, scale and massing of buildings.

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of KQ Liverpool, concluded: “KQ represents one of the greatest development opportunities in the UK and, alongside Paddington Village, will have a major impact on the city’s economy, creating thousands of jobs, in science, tech, health, education, retail and leisure.

“The SRF will truly allow us to plan a world-class development, enabling Liverpool to continue to compete with any city in Europe.”

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Is anyone inspecting the quality of the buildings currently ongoing at KQ? I was in an existing building last week constructed by a well-known main contractor who is currently on site at KQ and the acoustic integrity was horrific. I could hear conversations flanking across whole floorplates. Awful.

By Anonymous

Make sure you get the public spaces right, from the new ‘Lime Square’ on up the hill. There’s a need for a transport interchange further up the hill, this should enable a good job to be made of Lime Square… getting the traffic away… making sure you connect Copperas Hill right across to Mount Pleasant using the car park site and linking with the JMU scheme.
The master plan really should include Renshaw Street too or we’ll end up with a hotch potch!

By Roscoe

We CANNOT call it ‘Lime Square’, it sounds like a poor cheap and tacky rip off of Times Square in New York. Everyone sees that, except for the people in power!
It’s already called ‘Ranelagh Place’, we should rename it ‘Ranelagh Circus’ and give it a proper identity, with a wall of LED screens and neon lights above Smokie Mo’s worthy of the name. Half the buildings on Ranelagh Place are curved so it should be called Ranelagh Circus anyway.
We DO NOT want get rid of all the traffic either; this is main nexus in the very heart of Central Liverpool; it’s vibrant and busy and full of LIFE 24 hours a day!! The traffic and the hustle and bustle is a very important ingredient of the vibe this epicentre creates. We absolutely DO NOT want to destroy that vibe, which is exactly what will happen if you take away the traffic! You would be creating a ghost town! Can you imagine Piccadilly Circus without the traffic!?? Look what’s happened to Hamilton Square; they pedestrianised half of it, and it’s dying on its feet!
Rename it Ranelagh Circus and put the LED screens up like Piccadilly Circus!

By Kayla Bibby