KQ Gateway Aerial
The 56-acre plot is located around Lime Street and Central rail stations

Upper Central masterplan close to sign-off

Sarah Townsend

A 2.5m sq ft regeneration of the area previously known as the Knowledge Quarter Gateway is expected to be endorsed by Liverpool City Council next week, enabling schemes to start.

The document sets out proposals for a 56-acre plot located around Lime Street and Central rail stations, linking six areas including the Adelphi Hotel and Mount Pleasant, the Fabric District, Ropewalks, the Knowledge Quarter digital and technology innovation district, Liverpool John Moores University’s Copperas Hill site and the University of Liverpool campus.

The vision for the site intended as a gateway to the £2bn Knowledge Quarter comprises a new city-centre district with 2.5m sq ft of mixed-use development opportunities, complete with pedestrianised access ways and a public realm.

The aim is to create a mix of modern design and historic buildings to generate a “positive first impression to millions of residents and visitors arriving into the city centre at Lime Street or Central stations”, Liverpool City Council said in a statement.

The cabinet is due to consider a report at a meeting on 6 March recommending that a draft spatial regeneration framework be adopted for the Upper Central area.

Once approved, the framework would be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document to Liverpool’s Local Plan in early 2021, and then used to guide all future planning applications in the area. It follows an eight-week consultation last summer.

Outlined in the framework are plans to create a ‘super-crossing’ at Ranelagh Place, a new pedestrian link along Renshaw Street and a pedestrian route to Lime Street Station from Copperas Hill.

This would allow for improved access to the Fabric District and Paddington Village, Liverpool’s £1bn science, education and technology development, as well as the city centre, Liverpool One and the main retail area.

As part of the plans, Liverpool City Council acquired Central Station shopping centre in 2018 and is working with Merseytravel and Network Rail on proposals to expand and upgrade the station.

It is also overseeing public realm improvements for nearby St George’s Plateau as part of a £47m city centre transport connectivity scheme and proposes to redevelop the Mount Pleasant Car Park area.

The Upper Central framework team comprises Avison Young, K2 Architects, Planit-IE and Mott McDonald.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Upper Central is vital to this city’s economic future and…this plan will help set the template to transform this area into a vibrant, innovative and creative district, which will be home to a large cluster of digital, tech, education and cultural assets, alongside exceptional transport infrastructure, areas of public realm and supporting use classes.”

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, added: “The exponential growth of KQ Liverpool, along with the ongoing regeneration of Lime Street, has shone the spotlight on Upper Central – which represents one of the greatest development opportunities in the UK.”

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‘ One of the greatest development projects in the UK ‘…..Again ….without the provision for an integrated tram system…….or a least a light rail transit scheme….so..so shortsighted !!!!

By Tercol

Liverpool needs to grow in every direction and break the status quo of Liverpool being second best. On top of tourism we need offices and have to show that it is a city worth investing in.

By MmcDrama Queen

Upper central needs a more ambitious plan to divert traffic away from Ranelagh Place around the back of the Adelphi, with a transport interchange at the back as part of a new upper square. This is achievable! A ‘super-crossing’ really does NOT cut the mustard!

By Roscoe

To be delivered in conjunction with Primesite, Elliot Group and North Point Global…watch this space folks.

By Oscar

Still nothing being proposed for the location of Liverpool’s new HS2 / NPR Terminus.
The back of the Aldelphi is one of the only places left in the City where it could possibly be located. Where’s the foresight??

By Kayla Bibby

The Knowledge Quarter is all about fit and healthy students, with accommodation on their doorstep. Why is a light railway or tram system required?
When the entire Upper Central area is pedestrianized, how will the older and disabled citizens access Lime Street and Central Stations?

By Deep Thinker

I agree Kayla, no vision at all! However, I’m sure you’ve though of Hunter Street, behind the museums, where the flyovers used to be, for the new station. They could divert this very congested road round the other side of the JMU building, to come out at St. Anne’s Street, (this would connect the Waterfront), and it would leave a sloping site for the new station’s tunnel to emerge. I think this could connect with the Wirral line and possibly a reopened Waterloo tunnel link between the Waterfront and Edge Hill? Would be interested in your thoughts…

By Red Squirrel

Taken over 6 months to put a cheap new floor and cheap lick of paint in central station shopping centre. Still not finished. Lewis’ boarded up for years now. Get a move on!

By Anonymous

Kayla’s back – legend…!!

By North by North-West

Can’t wait

By Simeon