Anwyl Pall Mall
Falconer Chester Hall designed the project. Credit: via planning documents

Work starts on 22-storey Liverpool apartment building

Dan Whelan

Graham Construction aims to complete the 336-home Pall Mall Press in October 2023, having been appointed by developer Ridgeback.

Place North West revealed in February that an entity of build-to-rent developer Ridgeback had selected Graham Construction to build out the 336-home scheme at 30-36 Pall Mall, having bought the site from Anwyl Construction. Work has now started on site.

In 2017, Anwyl won approval for a £60m development on the Pall Mall site bounded by Highfield Street, Prussia Street and Cockspur Street West, opposite the wider Pall Mall commercial scheme. 

The proposals comprise two residential blocks of 10 and 22 storeys each, containing 48 studios, 112 one-bedroom, 153 two-bedroom, 23 three-bedroom apartments.  

Having bought the site, Ridgeback applied to discharge several conditions of Anwyl’s planning permission, including a construction management plan, paving the way for a start on site. 

“Pall Mall Press is a positive addition to the city of Liverpool that will deliver much-needed PRS housing,” said Peter Reavey, regional director at Graham. 

“Located in a vibrant location, we hope that the scheme will pave the way for similar development locally.” 

Designed by Falconer Chester Hall and managed by Savills, the 282,617 sq ft development is located close to the wider Pall Mall redevelopment project being led by developers Kier Property and CTP. 

The first phase of that project includes around 100,000 sq ft of offices a hotel to be operated by Leonardo Hotels.

Two further office blocks are planned in later phases, and main contractor Willmott Dixon has completed remedial works at the site. 

BT was lined up to take the first office block but the telecommunications giant put negotiations on ice during the pandemic.

In January, Ridgeback bought the site of Swan House, a proposed 358-apartment project in Manchester, its first North West venture. 

The developer bought the site from Cable Swan, a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine, Britannia Group, Prime Developers and Foundation Real Estate. 

RG Group is the lead contractor for that project. 

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With this 22 storey building being good news for the area, what is happening to the 50/55 storey being completed through planning in Manchester? Can Liverpool have a share of this type of development? Would boost our office side tremendously.

By Norman

Can Liverpool borrow Manchester planning for a year please , Liverpool has huge potential but it’s leadership don’t know what day or century it is.

By Anonymous

Good to see this …..any news of the tower planed by one of the housing associations on the princes Dock ….one block by a Housing Association has been delivered…but seems a long delay on the other …leaving a big gap on the inland side of the Dock

By George

Just need to get a move on with the pall mall office development Liverpool letting down its young people by not having sufficient high quality officer space

By Tony

This has been on site for a while now and cranes are up, so it`s positive for that area of town , so now can the super secretive new Mayor and LCC please tell us what is happening with the Pall Mall office scheme plus the hotel, we are in limbo here.

By Anonymous

All the big projects in Liverpool… pall mall , cruise liner terminal etc seem to be frozen whilst the new commissioners look things over ….
Ok to be safe ..but the city can’t simply stop

By Tony

Liverpool builds a 22 storey building yet Manchester builds a 55 storey building? Really Liverpool, are we a city or a small town?

By David

Wow. One third of a skyscraper.

By Tom

@Anonymous Our new Mayor is too busy devising gender diversity policies to get involved in airy fairy ideas of Grade A office space provision.

By Old Hall Street

Seeing a lot of comments about wanting a 55 storey tower blocks in Liverpool. We definitely don’t want them, the emergency services don’t want them and I definitely don’t want them.

By Mark

So @ Mark, enlighten us, what is your upper limit for a high rise, hope you`re not the type who advocates bungalows in town.
You don`t want 55 storey buildings but it seems others wouldn`t mind, also which emergency services don`t want them, as there is no similar problem in London.

By Anonymous

We have always been second to Manchester in the redevelopment of the cities. Too many politicians looking at their own agenda and not long term. Wish we had Andy Burnham fighting our corner.

By John0

We have not always been second to Manchester ? Liverpool is a fine looking city and with the right leadership “BOOM” time , plenty of developments in Liverpool atm , just could be alot more , but quality is better then quantity

By Anonymous

Another modern build that can be seen in every other town and city.

By Bixteth boy

Yes @Bixteth Boy modern buildings are the norm in every other town and city because we live in modern times and that is the style.
Just like in Victorian and Edwardian times there was a style, and it was in every town and city.
I love the buildings around Hope Street and Catharine Street, for example, but they were repetitive because they were the style of the day, but things move on, and I think you should too and alter your vision a bit more and look at modern architecture from a wider perspective.

By Anonymous

It’s not good news for us at the moment with noisy work happening outside of hours. A compound built less than 5m from our boundary with open windows looking straight into our bedrooms and plunging our flats into darkness. Its created a dark and unsafe route into our development which is encouraging drug dealing and vandalism. When we raise with Graham and the Council, they just ignore and fail to respond back. Shameful if this goes on till 2023.

By Princes Gardens Residents

Decent. Surprised the nimbys let this one sneak through.

Liverpool will finally reach the 21st century when the rest of the developed world hits the 22nd.

So much potential and so little will, in UK city terms it’s a sleeping giant, or perhaps better described as a sedated giant.

By The Squirrel's Nuts