Old Hall Place, Packaged Living, p Merrion Strategy

The site has been the subject of residential proposals for several years. Credit: via Merrion Strategy

Packaged Living, Affinius lodge plans for £100m Liverpool BTR 

The partnership, which acquired the Ovatus site on Leeds Street from Prospect Capital last year, wants to build two buildings rising to 19 and 25 storeys. 

Packaged Living and Affinius Capital, previously named USAA, have submitted a planning application to Liverpool City Council for the 434-apartment development, known as Old Hall Place. 

Designed by Falconer Chester Hall, the scheme would be located at the junction of Old Hall Street and Leeds Street. 

The vacant site consists of an unused office building formerly home to Littlewoods’ computer centre. 

Part of the site benefits from planning permission for a 27-storey tower with 168 apartments, a scheme drawn up by Hodder + Partners and approved by Liverpool City Council in 2017. 

In 2018, a consultation was launched on plans for a 48-storey tower on another part of the site, dubbed Ovatus II. A planning application for this building, which would have become Liverpool’s tallest, was never submitted.  

Re-Form is the landscape architect and Turley is advising Packaged and Affinius on planning. 

Turley has worked with Packaged previously in the North West on its 352-home Castings scheme. 

To learn more about plans for Old Hall Place, scheme, search for reference number 23F/3073 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal. 

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Damn. This would have been great at 48 storeys.


27 storey tower please don’t make us laugh , do they think they are in a forward looking city like Manchester ? LCC Planners would need therapy just thinking about a tall building 🙁

By Paul M - Woolton

A Far Lower Quality To That Of The Original Ovatus Design

By John Lynn

No way near as interesting design as Ovatus 1 and 2. However, if it gets built then great.

By Chris

The development is welcomed and hopefully it proceeds (depending on LCCs mood) but its still a shame the original two towers aren’t going ahead as they would have been exceptional.

By GetItBuilt!

Liverpool doesn’t need buildings on par with Manchester (in terms of height), the waterfront location could easily create an impressive and cohesive cluster of 20-30 storey buildings. It is a real shame the original schemes fell by the wayside as they would have been superb additions, but these will be fine (providing the materials aren’t cheap).

By Anonymous

Good to see a sizeable planning app, first one of this height for a while. With patagonia place onsite if they could just get infinity going again it would really impact the skyline over the next 5 years

By Anonymous

Not good enough for Liverpool sadly

By Anonymous

not a chance they can be viable in this market. I’d hazard a guess it will need construction costs to reduce by circa 10% to work.

By W.Rooney

The original CGI design was really nice as I recall. This looks like it’s been rethought by the accountants.

By Anonymous

We are still a better looking city tbh tall does not mean its better , The likes of Singapore Sydney Hong Kong NY are good looking cities Manchester is not one of them or will never have them qualities they have.
Liverpool once the penny drop will.

By Anonymous

terrible design, has not been built yet and already looks outdated fch let themselves down with this concept. It’ll also end up at 10 and 17 storeys by time LCC has had their paws on it

By Anonymous

@DG so true. 25 storeys is seen as acceptable in Liverpool but is small potatoes for Manchester

By Giant Skyscraper Fan

Place one on top of the other or just forget it.

By Anon

I’ve been waiting for the penny to drop for 30 yrs or more! Not only can they not find a penny, if they did, they wouldn’t spend a penny. We’re stuck in the past and not a Time Machine in sight. I want to like this but it’s the kind of thing Luton would be pleased with.

By Anonymous

They’re just towers for God’s sake. Why the obsession about their exact height? We’re a European city. European cities look down on brash towers. Having said that this is a very good site for a tall tower. Old Hall Street was planned from the 60s to be the location of Liverpool’s tall buildings. Now we have substantial waterfront sites too reinforcing it. Liverpool is much more cohesive than Manchester.

By Moore from the Old Hall

Happy to see this area developed at last.

By Peter

Good news I look forward to seeing this development completed. I hope this is the start of many more developments.

By Steve

Looks like something you would find in Corby or Bedford Town centres! Nah not for me! 😳🥺🤒

By Pablo Mac

For those lamenting height and comparing to others Manchester is actually full of developments like this.

By Anonymous

Poor design. Don’t know whether it’s the architect or perhaps more likely the developer who is driving this? Hope the planners push back. Quality more important than the height (although could be bigger.)
Incidentally, the horizontal banding doesn’t help either, imho.

By Ed

The bottom line is, if we get beyond the parochial sniping, Liverpool and Leeds would both love Manchester’s towers. If a city can fill 70 plus storey skyscrapers overnight, it is a successful city.

By Elephant

@Elephant Successful by UK standards (and only outside of London). By European standards our cities are poor and shabby.

By Anonymous

Yes, let’s forget the inter city sniping for heavens sake. Liverpool has a lot going for it in terms of lovely architecture in certain areas. This was as has been pointed out a chance to add something of the tall and the modern. It should have been better…and at the risk of sounding the Giant Skyscraper fan, taller!

By Anonymous

Let’s slay the height argument first: values in Liverpool aren’t really where they need to be for a building of this type with this product mix, hence reduced height.

Now let’s deal with the ‘Ovatus was better’ argument. Yes, it was elegant, but the engineering costs (height; curved facade etc) meant it was never viable. That CGI was always designed as a tease to attract buyers of the site, nothing more.

By Anonymous

Let’s not get our hopes up. I am sure once the LCC clowns view the plans again. The site will become another overgrown wild garden. All I ever see now is numerous construction projects in Manchester. Meanwhile in backwater Liverpool the sky is darkened by the shadow of Manchester. I wonder in my lifetime if Liverpool will eventually become part of greater Manchester. Maybe that’s the only chance we have of attracting serious investment.

By Steve Hart

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