PLANNING | University’s £21m concert venue set for consent

The latest project at the University of Liverpool, details around the delivery of the £50m cruise liner terminal at Princes Jetty, and blocks of flats in Toxteth and Aigburth, are due to be approved next week by Liverpool City Council.


Arts & Humanities Centre, University of Liverpool (pictured above)

Developer: University of Liverpool

Architect: Ellis Williams

The University of Liverpool is set to build a £21m arts & humanities centre featuring teaching facilities and a 400-seat auditorium, designed by Ellis Williams Architects on Grove Street. The scheme includes three lecture theatres with the capacity to teach 1,000 students, alongside seminar facilities, informal study spaces, a cafeteria, and an outdoor seating area. The development is expected to cost around £20.5m; £17.5m of this will come directly from the university, with a further £3m coming from private donations.

The university’s vision is to create a space that will “sit alongside the UK’s leading concert venues” as well as complementing the city’s existing venues including the Philharmonic Hall.

Cruise Liner Terminal, Princes Jetty

CGI Of Liverpool Cruise Terminal Looking North From Princes Parade

Architect: Stride Treglown and Ramboll

Applicant: Liverpool City Council

The 108,000 sq ft cruise liner terminal was granted outline consent in 2018, with the application to be discussed at next week’s meeting centering around details such as access, layout, and materials used in the design. The terminal, due to be built at Liverpool Waters’ Princes Jetty, will have two floors with a baggage hall on the ground floor, and the passenger lounge, café, and check-in desks on the first floor. The building will also be connected to the existing cruise ship landing stage by a link-span bridge for vehicles and a pedestrian walkway.

McLaughlin & Harvey is the main contractor.

Ducie Street, Toxteth

FCH ToxtethDeveloper: West Tree Estates

Architect: Falconer Chester Hall

Total apartments: 80

The application proposes two residential blocks; 45 apartments, delivered on the site of a derelict row of terraces, which will be partially demolished and the front facades retained. A three-storey building would then be constructed behind the facades. Opposite, there would be a four-storey block totalling 35 flats.

Aigburth Road

PJP House

Developer: Crossfield Construction and Regenda Group

Architect: Paddock Johnson Partnership

Total apartments: 75

On Aigburth Road and Alexandra Drive, the application is for a development across three plots of land. The proposals would see a new-build five-storey block totalling 39 apartments, the conversion of former office 28 Alexandra Drive into 14 flats, and a part-three part-four storey block made up of 20 flats. The office is a historic villa, formerly used by the North West of England & Isle of Mann Reserve Forces & Cadets Association, which has relocated to Altcar Training Camp. The homes will be offered to the market as a mix of private sale, shared ownership and rent to buy.

There are 70 car parking spaces included in the proposal; ward councillors have objected due to too much parking and loss of green space, stating that parking spaces at the rear should be removed from the scheme and replaced with greenery and trees.

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