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How We Built Britain
Regeneration in Liverpool
By Paul Coslett
Liverpool is going through a remarkable transformation with cranes littering the skyline as the city undergoes a once in a generation change.
The Liverpool One development
There are a number of major schemes taking place across Liverpool and Merseyside that are significantly changing the local environment and economy.
Some, such as the Museum of Liverpool, have proved controversial because of their location near to Liverpool's existing landmark buildings.
Others have been criticised for contributing to a perceived over supply of city centre apartments.
Discover more about the projects currently taking place or planned for the city.
Grosvenor’s development of Liverpool city centre covers 42 acres and six districts. The plan includes 40 individually designed buildings in the area stretching from Duke Street and Hanover Street across Chevasse Park to North John Street and Paradise Street.
The new arena at Kings Dock
Centre pieces of the development will include a new 240,000 sq ft John Lewis store and a 180,000 sq ft Debenhams.
The £920 million development will include new public spaces, gardens and parks and will connect the existing shopping areas with the Albert Dock and the waterfront.
The long desired arena is nearing completion on Liverpool’s waterfront. Set to open in early 2008 the complex combines a 9,500 capacity arena with a multi purpose hall, a 1,350 seater auditorium and 70,000 sq ft of exhibition space.
The site of the new museum
Central Village will cover the currently derelict area behind Central station. The project includes shopping, residential and leisure facilities. The centrepiece of the development on the† land between Bold Street and Renshaw Street will be two high rise towers.
Museum of Liverpool
Work has recently started on the new Museum of Liverpool next to the Three Graces. The building will have 10,000 sq ft of exhibition space enabling National Museums Liverpool to showcase more items from its large collection.
The X-shaped building will reflect Liverpool’s role in history from pre-historic times to the present day. The development has been criticised for its closeness to the Three Graces and Liverpool’s World Heritage site.
Bluecoat Arts Centre
The oldest building in the city centre, the Bluecoat Arts Centre is being refurbished with a new wing containing a gallery and performance space being added.
Cranes at the Liverpool One development
Like the museum this development has attracted a fair amount of criticism. The proposed development will contain three buildings and will have 76,000 sq ft of retail space along with almost 13,000 sq ft of new covered public space.
Cruise Liner Facility
The long awaited cruise liner facility is now under construction at Princes Dock.
The extension of the landing stage and new terminal will allow the world’s largest cruise ships to berth in Liverpool. An estimated 25 ships a year are expected to call in to Liverpool.
The Baltic Triangle development plans to include 300 apartments in three buildings, it will also include an international hotel and business centre.
The†Heaps Rice Mill, has been granted planning permission for a refurbishment to alter and extend the warehouses and build two new blocks providing 355 residential apartments.
The Littlewoods building
Work on the Baltic Triangle halted recently after a payment dispute.
Pier Head Canal link
The extension to the Leeds-Liverpool canal will connect the waterway through to the Albert Dock and the south docks, taking the canal in front of the Three Graces to link with its current terminus in Stanley Dock.
Lime Street Gateway
Plans for redevelopment of the area around Liverpool’s Lime Street station include the demolition of the existing Concourse House and the demolition of Concourse Tower and its replacement with a new 27 storey block for retail, office and residential use.
The iconic art-deco building next to Edge Lane had lain dormant for several years.
Developers Urban Splash have been appointed by Liverpool Land Development Company to refurbish the site. Plans include apartments, a hotel and a landscaped piazza, retaining the original building.
The 40 storey tower between King Edward Street and Old Hall Street is now nearing completion and includes five floors of office space plus residential accommodation.
New Anfield Stadium
Liverpool FC are planning to move from their Anfield home to a new all seater stadium on Stanley Park. Planning permission for the stadium along with community facilities was granted in 2004.
Since the takeover of the club by American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillette the capacity of the stadium may be subject to an increase from its planned 60,000.
New Everton stadium
Everton FC are currently in talks with Knowsley council and Tesco about developing a new stadium on a site in Kirkby.
Mersey ferry terminal
Building work on a new Mersey Ferry terminal is expected to get underway in June, after planning permission was given recently.
The £10 million development will replace the old building at the Pier Head. The new three storey terminal will include a restaurant, shops and waiting area.
The scheme has proved controversial because of fears it will impair the view of the Three Graces from the river.
last updated: 22/06/07