Liverpool Central Station, c Geograph user Richard Hoare, CC BY SA . SLASH MVQefT image has been cropped

The area around Central station provides an opportunity to enhance the gateway to the city centre. Credit: Geograph user Richard Hoare, CC BY-SA 2.0 Image has been cropped.

‘Once-in-a-generation’ Liverpool Central Station regen gathers pace

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is in the market for a strategic partner to develop a regeneration strategy for the area around one of the busiest rail hubs in the country.

Land and buildings bound by Renshaw Street, Bold Street, and Ranelagh Street in Liverpool city centre present an opportunity to create an enhanced gateway to the city centre, according to tender documents.

A £1m contract to draw up a vision for the redevelopment of the area around the station and develop a solution to network capacity issues is now up for grabs. The deadline for submissions is 18 April.

Tender documents for the brief describe it as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to redefine the area around Liverpool Central and deliver “transformational place-based regeneration”.

At MIPIM 2024, Liverpool’s main focus was on Paddington Village, the centrepiece of its £160m life sciences investment zone. The city council’s Leader Cllr Liam Robinson acknowledged the investment zone is a priority but insisted the authority has not taken its eye off the city centre.

Movement on a regeneration strategy for Liverpool Central speaks to that.

The key objectives of the project are to improve the gateway to the city centre and enhance links between the core and areas including the Knowledge Quarter, Baltic Triangle, and Fabric District.

A contract for the Liverpool Central project is expected to be awarded in May. More detail on the regeneration proposals is expected next year once plans have been fleshed out.

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Liverpool city region doing what it does best – spending all the money on Liverpool.

By Sandgrounder

Liverpool finally going in the right direction. Liam Robinson has talked a good game so far, just need to see action now.

By Dan W

Badly needed, a row of dive bars isn’t an appealing welcome to the city centre.

By Anonymous

whatever happened to the Mere Park Central Village scheme?

By Anonymous

there does not appear to be joined up thinking with Central Station and Lime St. Williamson Square and the amazing buildings around the area including the old Lewis’s building. The green corridor through St Johns Gardens. The gateway to the city. What about the Adelphi that is shocking.
Strangely everyone seems to like the Dive bars otherwise known as the Benidorm Strip and everyone I know who is not from Liverpool asks me what it is – or that they had a great night. Bizarre I know!

By Lizzy Baggot

Onwards and upwards.

By Anonymous

Snack and Bargain, a Greggs and William Hill. Classy.

By Anonymous

Hilarious to see comments that LCR is just spending money on Liverpool when all of the boroughs have had cash thrown at them, especially that there Sin Tellins and way over the side Wirral.

Build some towers and open up the sadly hollowed out centre point of the old Lewis dept store.

Could save some space and have a ground level traditional market now St John’s has finally died a death. Clearly lots of demand for food markets across the city centre.

But get some policy in place to deal the excessively loud karaoke/Irish/old men’s bars that blast music out from 12 noon…Sound proofing essential to stop noise bleeding out.

By BroadChurch

This sounds like a good plan. This station and the whole road needs sorting out. They should do something about limiting the noise coming out of the bars. It’s deafening as soon as you come out the station.

By Anonymous

This has to be the initiative that sees the expansion of Liverpool Central, and brings the Wapping Tunnel back into use, which then frees up space at Lime St.
It is possible to get Wirral trains into Central via the disused James St platform and then onwards to St Helen’s etc via the Wapping Tunnel.

By Anonymous

This area has been subject to regeneration plans rumour for years…I remember in the 1960’s..a huge development was mooted..around the old Lewis’s store…and again in the 1990’s I think
Don’t build your hopes up until you see spades in soil

By Tercol

Incremental improvements in Liverpool a small but positive story

By George

Great Charlotte Street needs a refresh too. The public realm is terrible.

By Anonymous

The wheel tappers, chimney sweeps and bottle washers crew surely could move the jumble of ” continential food booths and bizarre fairground attractions from William Brown Street and Saint George ‘s Hall Cenotaph centre of Intellectual area of historic and public respect for our City of Liverpool.

Central Station area could perhaps open more cheap beer spots for the pedestrian traffic hazards of ” drunks blocking the pavement.

The fact is like the Kirkby pub darts team and pub football team, louts have more influence on the local councillors than Merseyside Police…. It appears their fellow in Liverpool are just as influential..
Bah Humbug.

By Anonymous

It is crucial the passenger capacity at Central Station is significantly increased. This work can more easily be done when the small shopping centre above has gone. Clearly Government assistance will be needed with costs but once complete the station will be safer for the ever increasing commuter use. It would also be a major incentive and attraction for large scale private investment. Something special could be developed here.

By David

Sandgrounder never satisfied
Wouldn’t survive under Lancs

By Bill

“Build it and they will come”,especially by train.

By Oh Mr Porter!

The area around Ranleigh Street is not my cup of tea, but the snobbery on here is incredible. Liverpool’s strength is its variety. Unlike other European city centres older people have not been driven out. If you want a smart bar or restaurant take yourself to Hope St, Castle St or Albert Dock.

By Graham Brandwood

Ey, Broadchurch. Do you want to tell us exactly what has been spent on St Helens? Besides removing a roundabout that worked perfectly fine? Still the poor relation of Merseyside. We’d better better off teaming u with Southport & Ormskirk and do what’s best for us. We aren’t suburbs of Liverpool and have a few crumbs thrown at us every now and then.

By Sintelliner

@Graham Brandwood it’s a dive and indictive of a poorly functioning economy.

By Anonymous

It’s an absolutely terrible first impression for visitors leaving the station, but the grotty bars are popular. Also quite difficult to navigate round the drunks. It’s not clear why LCC gave so many change of use consents for bars in a single retail area, or decided normal licensing rules on sound insulation don’t apply, but if they are staying, the noise needs looking at, and either much wider pavements or closing the road to traffic of an evening. Something of the standard round the corner on Lime Street, if they can keep it clean.

By Anonymous

@Sintelliner try being in Bolton then where we play begging bowl to Manchester. As far as I’ve seen St Helens is undergoing a full city centre regen, glass futures, former colliery site redevelopment….

By Growth

‘Sandgrounder’ is no doubt from East of the M6. Southport and the rest of Sefton have lots of LCR projects!

By Anonymous

Sandgrounder – hasn’t enough LCR money been wasted on plans to knock down a failed convention centre to replace it with another doomed convention centre?

By Why

Steve Rotherham should speak to BDP, who did the masterplanning for Liverpool One.

Parameter one for BDP’s brief? The removal of all those naff faux Irish bars on Ranleagh Street!

By Old Hall Street

3 months to refit public toilet ,got to be joking

By Doug

@Doug , yes 3 months to re-fit the toilet,bizarre, then again look how long Broadgreen Station is taking, you rarely see anyone on site.

By Anonymous

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