Urban design experts DPP Shape have been hired to produce the latest entry in the extensive library of studies of the city's most problematic area.
The newly formed urban design and master planning associate of national firm DPP will lead a team of professionals to create a strategic regeneration framework for North Liverpool. Also on the team are surveyors Keppie Massie, to advise on strategic land acquisition, EGL on stakeholder liaison, and Arc4 on housing strategy and delivery.
The companies were selected by Liverpool Vision and its partners Liverpool City Council, the North West Regional Development Agency, Homes & Communities Agency, Sefton Borough Council and the Government Office for the North West.
The brief for the study – budget £100,000 – said the area is one of the UK's "foremost regeneration challenges; its opportunities are immense but there remains a physical and socio-economic legacy from decades of industrial decline which makes North Liverpool a priority."
The area covers six council wards – Kirkdale, County, Everton, Anfield, Derby, Linacre – including some of the most deprived in the country where unemployment approaches 50%.
DPP Shape will have to take into consideration the proposed expansion of Peel's Port of Liverpool container yard at Seaforth and the same developer's plans for Liverpool Waters, a massive mixed-use development along the redundant docks. There are also major planning consents in place for the expansion of the Eldonian Village by Viride Holdings along Vauxhall Road.
Shelagh McNerney, managing director of DPP Shape, based in Manchester, said: "North Liverpool is one of the most strategically important regeneration areas in the country and we relish the opportunity to work with local partnerships to re-shape regeneration strategies for positive change."
Jim Gill, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, said: "North Liverpool has deep rooted problems, but it also has enormous potential on which to build a strong economy and sustainable communities. DPP Shape brings a strong, enthusiastic team with lots of ideas and experience."
- DPP Shape will mark its official launch at an event in the Belvedere Building, Manchester this evening.