Plans submitted for Liverpool flats near Catholic Cathedral

Architect Constructive Thinking has submitted a planning proposal with developer JD Estates for a residential block in Liverpool.  

The application is for a 77,600 sq ft mixed-used building on the corner of Pomona Street and Cathedral Walk, aiming to form part of the city’s Knowledge Quarter being developed around Mount Pleasant.

According to a planning document, the land is currently being used as an unofficial waste site by adjacent residential blocks.  

If JD Estates gets council approval, the building will feature nine floors of residential including 60 two-bedroom apartments, above a first floor designated for commercial space.  

Shops, restaurants and takeaway outlets will be built in 20,200 sq ft of space.

Deane Arslanian, partner of JD Estates, is also director of letting agency Sir Thomas.

Constructive Thinking

CGI of the building, from

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Will this be the start of the total redevelopment of this area?

By causal observer

As is clear from the site context CGI, this block is massively out of scale compared to the surrounding buildings in this conservation area which includes Georgian terraces. The shadows are accurate for mid to late morning and clearly show this building would exclude sunlight from the school and nursery next door for a large part of the day. Prior to being taken over for site cabins during the building of the LJMU Redmonds Building, this corner was a pleasant green space with mature trees. It was left in a derelict state by the contractors when they removed their cabins and has been allowed abandoned save for the recent wholesale removal of shrubs and trees, handily paving the way for the developers to use the excuse provided by the planners that local residents have been using it as a tip. A lot of early tipping on the site before bollards were installed was clearly fly tipping by non-locals and recently there has been no additional tipping on the site so whilst there may have been the odd rogue resident previously, it is wrong to make out all local residents to be guilty parties. This is also somewhat disingenuous as had the council ensured the contractors on the Redmonds Building had restored the site after their occupation and the council had maintained it, there would still be a green resource for local residents. This country is having the heart ripped out of it to give developers a fast and generous return, the council should be standing up to them, not encouraging them.
By the way, is the cladding issue on the Redmonds Building any closer to being resolved?

By Concerned local

I agree with concerned local. This is a strong community area and there is the consensus all over Liverpool and Manchester as to who is going to live in all these apartments? Who is going to live in all the PRS stuff – it concerns me greatly. It is easy for developers to say they are regenerating areas when really they are just squeezing the site! But sadly a lot of green spaces are being disposed of in Liverpool as we know. We are selling the family silver bit by bit – but what will we do when its sold?

By Mary Smiley

Massively out of scale? I wasn’t aware that Georgian terraces were the agreed datum for Liverpool. Someone should have told Gibberd in 1967?…

By LEighteen

seems to eclipse the big church-like building at the top of the cgi drawing.

By the padre

The site is a blot, as is the hideous block of flats next to the site. This is a welcomed development and ‘concerned’ local needs to understand he or she lives in a city centre, not the countryside.

By Ryan

Is this a Council owned site ?

I dont recall seeing it advertised for sale in the last few years

By Elliot

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