PLANNING | Green light for 650-apartment Liverpool scheme

A three-block development on the former Norton scrap metal site on the edge of the Baltic Triangle is to proceed, along with serviced apartments at the Coopers Building on Church Street.

Both proposals were approved by Liverpool City Council’s latest virtual planning committee.

The proposals from Chaloner Street Developments include a block of 25 storeys and two of 15, with a 170-space multi-storey car park also included on the site at the junction with Parliament Street. In total, 638 flats will be built.

The proposal comprises:

Block A – 25 storeys, 206 apartments, and 2,400 sq ft of commercial space 

Block B – 15 storeys, 204 apartments, 13,000 sq ft of commercial space on the ground and first floors, and an art gallery 

Block C  – 15 storeys, 228 apartments, and a 204-bedroom, 80,000 sq ft hotel  

MCAU is the architect and The Planning Studio is advising on planning. 

Also approved was an application from Dorset Projects to convert the upper floors of the building in Liverpool’s Church Street into 77 serviced apartments.

Coopers Building sits between Natwest and Next within Liverpool’s prime shopping district, with River Island taking up its ground floor. The upper levels housed office space up to 2014.

Church St From Google 3

The Coopers Building is flanked by Next and NatWest in Church Street, and will house 77 serviced apartments on its upper floors. Image from Google

Northern Ireland-based developer Dorset intends to create studio and one-bed apartments across floors three to six, including a reception and fitness room on the third floor. Access is from Church Street, with another entrance in School Lane.

The building still contains heritage features from its time housing the Cooper & Co department store up to 1972. Dorset Is advised by Broadgrove Planning & Development and architect Studio4 Design.

A third item approved was a 38,000 sq ft industrial development at Venture Point, Speke, which is proposed by Jersey-based Cantt Pak, advised by PIN Property Consultancy. The site lies on the northern side of Evans Road in a well-established industrial area.

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Was really hoping that re the Coopers Building the modern extension at the side would be demolished and Coopers Alley restored , it could have had a covered arcade and attracted some other small quality outlets like in Peters Lane.
What a fabulous shop Coopers used to be , the aroma of coffee and other deli foods were intoxicating, it was on par with anything in Vienna or Trieste.

By Anonymous

Are these for the ordinary folks
OR the yuppies

By Pauline Maher

Pauline, these are studio flats and one bed apartments. Perhaps young people have a right to earn a living and do their best to make a start in life. Does that make them a yuppie? I think you’ll find that the world has moved on from 1982.

In fact maybe the people buying these flats *are* ‘ordinary folk’ (whatever that means), and have you also considered they might even be Scousers?

By Leighteen

Well I guess if you mean to class ‘ordinary folk’ as those who can’t afford them ,then no, they are not for the ‘ordinary folk’. If you mean by ‘Yuppies’ (very Del Boy!) those that can afford them , then yes they are for Yuppies. Although if ‘ordinary folk’ can afford them does that actually make Yuppies?

By Ordinaryyuppie

Wow. More amazing redevelopments. It looks fantastic

By David

170 car parking and 650 odd flats?
Don’t suppose the council considered the impact on the outlying area in that respect

By Karl

Beautiful views of The Cathedral ruined by glass boxes.

By Bixteth Boy

Pauline, please can you define what jobs are acceptable to you and which aren’t? A simple list will do. Can you then explain why someone acquiring skills for a certain role, then earning a living doing it is unacceptable to you? Presumably the taxes they pay doing those jobs are dirty and should be returned.

Then enlighten us as to where young people earning their keep should live. Are there any other aspects of their lives you’d like to control? How much they earn, say? The types of clothes they wear? And can we have a list of everything else of which you disapprove so that we can share these with our friends in the development community.

By Sceptical

Ugly buildings

By Liverpool Lacks Romance

Leighteen Nicely put. I’m a scouser and think this is a great development. The Baltic Triangle is looking superb. I love our Liverpool history but there’s no reason why the new develop can’t mix with the old. It’s time to move on from 1982

By Anonymous

Please don’t sterilise the Baltic Triangle with generic gladded towers.

By Anonymous

Quite like the look of these apartments, something New York about them. Fantastic spot too, across the road from the beautiful waterfront and the vibrant Baltic triangle. The council seriously need to reopen St James rail station soon as this area will be a hot spot now. Great news for Liverpool.

By Lego Milltown

Does absolutely anything get approved these days? Those towers look completely out of place within their context. Throwing a load of trees around the base of monstrous towers in a visual doesn’t equate to a welcoming and comfortable public realm!

By snoutsinthetrough

Good this, Baltic needs all the help it can get

By Dan

Anything as long as its development. I live in Liverpool not London.

By Anonymous

Is that the best that they could come up with on that site? Shambles

By Hat Mancock

I remember the Lollipop lady telling me about Coopers when I was little – she said it was very fancy shop! I think there were about 3 of a similar standard. Very sad that we don’t still have things like this!

By Anon

Looks great for the Digital Quarter

By Anonymous

I find this absolutely wonderful and very appropriate for this area. The Baltic Triangle needs more residential near it, to support it and if the discussed new(old) train station opens nearby, dense residential here is a good move. Love what is happening to this part of Liverpool.


I love this, keep the colours! A good articulation of the site’s potential. The Baltic will grow and grow. The quality of life here by the water is second to none. Best of both worlds! Vibrant culturally and professionally with lots of space to breath.

By Red Squirrel

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