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.