Rapid resi plans approved

The development of 192 serviced apartments on the site of a former Rapid Hardware store in Renshaw Street in Liverpool has been signed-off at planning committee.

Legacy Student Living submitted a revised planning application for the derelict building at the junction of Renshaw Street and Newington Street in September. The site is near to the Watson building and the former Lewis's department store.

The space was vacated in 2009 when Rapid moved to the George Henry Lee building. Building owner Grosvenor then took control of the Renshaw Street site, which comprised of several linked buildings.

The 79,000 sq ft redevelopment will see the construction of a 13-storey building, with the apartments located on the 12 upper floors. The scheme includes cycle parking, communal and amenity areas, a winter garden and a roof terrace.

The apartments will be marketed mainly to post-graduate and international students. The development is due to be completed by September 2016.

Walsingham Planning advised Legacy Student Living. Fletcher-Rae is the architect on the scheme. Walker Sime is the project manager.

Jonathan Vose, consultant at Walsingham Planning, said: "We engaged with the City Council for almost a year pre-submission and have continued to engage with officers right up to committee. The scheme will see a long vacant and hugely prominent site brought back into active and beneficial use and will deliver a landmark building with far reaching planning and regenerative benefits."

Legacy Student Living aims to build 5,000 units over a five-year period, comprising of post-graduate studios and single bedroom suites.

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Ah sad what the move did to Rapid! Was a great store! And sad to see the little terraced shops disappear! I sincerely hope this ‘progress’ isnt going to impact on the wonderful Egg Cafe!

By Emma Fitz

You should leave it its part of our history its been there since 1900s that’s when bold street was built and where rapid hardwear store is to day the red brick work and inside the store you should do it all up and keep the history inside and out not knock it down you our destroying what’s left of renshaw street and the part of bold street as well you have all ready bulldozers the old cinema.

By Anonymous

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