Blackstock Street WF Doyle p.planning docs

Diaz Architects is leading on design. Credit: via planning documents

Proposals for 420-apartment Liverpool scheme lodged  

Landowner WF Doyle Holdings has submitted plans to redevelop a two-acre plot in the Pumpfields area of the city into a four-block residential complex. 

Under proposals drawn up by Diaz Architects, WF Doyle Holdings wants to build a quartet of 10-storey blocks between Liverpool’s Blackstock Street and Paul Street. 

The scheme, located next to Sourced Developments’ Kingsway Square project, would see the creation of 420 apartments. 

Of these, 156 would have one bedroom while the other 264 would be two-bedroom properties. 

Around 15,000 sq ft of commercial space is also proposed. 

The company first put forward proposals for the redevelopment of the site in 2005. This iteration of the scheme proposed the creation of 200 flats. It was initially refused by the city council but approved on appeal. 

This consent was refreshed in 2010 and WF Doyle was granted reserved matters permission for the same scheme in 2013. 

The proposals were revised in 2018 when the developer and project team held pre-application discussions with the city council for 950 flats spread across three blocks ranging from 15 to 18 storeys. 

Following talks with city planners, the scheme has since been scaled back, resulting in the plans now lodged with Liverpool City Council. 

Landor Planning is advising the applicant on its proposals. 

To learn more about the scheme, search for reference number 22F/3433 on the city council’s planning portal. 

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A few balconies but not many.

By Balcony worrier

Slight Frank Gehry feel to this proposal, quite like it and hope it happens but not confident as don`t think the developer has built much and maybe wants to sell the plot.
Typically the council planners opposed the previous plan due to height, a mere 15-18 stories, no wonder developers baulk at Liverpool.

By Anonymous

That doesn’t exactly fit into the new desired beautiful building category to me.

By Anonymous

@ 3.24pm, well what is a beautiful building? it`s in the eye of the beholder, it`s not a bad project, it`s certainly not classical , it`s modern.
Liverpool has the choice, be picky, and pedantic about buildings` appearance and heights and have acre upon acre of land left empty and derelict for decades on end, or be flexible and accept modern styles and architecture are here to stay and can co-exist next to older buildings.

By Anonymous

Please god no.

By Anon

First – well done I like the mansard detail and articulation of top. Appreciate it is easy to comment but it would look so much better without the window surrounds. A similar device worked well on Kampus but this scheme has such a good base / middle / top it would work without them.

By Luke

Base, middle and top………….decent 10 storeys high approach to create a street edge.

By Dave McCall

This is just another badly designed scheme for Liverpool. It’s littered with poorly thought through ugly buildings that we’re now stuck with. Cut and paste rendering with bad cladding. As for the roof line the less said the better. Outdoor space – balconies/terraces etc are in short supply. I love modern architecture and it can co-exist with historic buildings of note. They manage to design great new buildings in cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Manchester has better designed stock that we have. Must try harder?

By Original Fabric

“It’s as if a Global Pandemic never ever happened! More, much more, Balconies, Community Spaces, Greenery, Open aspects, Natural Light, Fresh Air vital? Our Homes also govern our personal mental health, beauty maybe in the eyes of the beholder, it is also essential!

By Cathy Wilson

@ Original Fabric Liverpool has the best architect outside of London what you on about?

By Anonymous

Because it isn’t mentioned in assuming these apartments are for Liverpool residents and not students. If so then we’ll done to Liverpool, perhaps the councils of Salford and Manchester can take something from this, they only have student premises in mind these days whilst rent paying residents either struggle to find somewhere or put up with premises that are not fit to live in.

By Mike Allcock

Would look much better without the irregular cladding design. Childish attempt at creating variety and interest.

By Andy B

Why are these apartments meant to be for Liverpool residents? here we go again, it`s always assumed that if you`re an outsider you`re not welcome in Liverpool, and “we come first”, we want outsiders in Liverpool too or the city stagnates.
As regards open spaces, greenery etc, yes we`re all for that but the city council is incapable of co-ordinating this kind of provision, as well as collaborating with serious developers interested in providing a multi-tenure, multi-building scheme.

By Anonymous

Mike Alcock, not to stray too far off topic but ‘Manchester and Salford only have Student accommodation in mind these days’. The building boom in Manchester for the past 25 yrs has clearly passed you by. Most of those big shiny towers certainly arn’t for Students, that’s just a small part of a very big equation. As for this block, I’ve seen a lot better and I’ve seen a lot worse. But mostly I’ve seen a lot.

By Anonymous

This could be either brilliant or truly awful but there isn’t enough detail on that image to form a judgement. Mike All o ck makes an odd comment. Manchester rarely approves student schemes that is why it has such a problem!!!!!

By Mcr1

I can see what they are trying to do here and all credit to them for trying. If this where in stone I’m sure it could work but we are all stuck with modern cladding these days and it seem it just can’t be made to look interesting.

By Anonymous

So much knee-jerk negativity about this project, you would think it was being sited in front of the Town Hall or something, it`s not it`s going north of Leeds Street in an area that`s been mostly derelict for decades but which has started to see some new development recently. This kind of building and design can be seen regularly in, say, Montpelier in France, on the edge of the city centre, and is accepted as normal.

By Anonymous

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