September the City Council's Planning Committee agreed to go ahead
with the redevelopment of the Paradise Street areas, spelling the
end for Quiggins owners and traders in School Lane and threatening
Liverpool's favourite treasure trove for gifts and clothes.
posters around the centre.
shop owners have responded to the threat by putting petitions in
the centre's main entrance and in each shop to encourage people
to sign the petition they started 15 months ago, when the development
was first proposed. They have also put posters around the centre
to highlight their campaign.
£750m redevelopment by Grosvenor Henderson includes the historic
and cultural Bluecoat Triangle which Quiggins stands on. The existing
facade of the building is expected to be kept, yet the four floors
of forty plus shops people love to roam around in will be replaced
by a modern retail and residential development.
Centre opened in 1988 in School Lane and soon became known for small
local music, art, crafts, antiques and fashion businesses. Peter
Tierney,co-owner of Quiggins said his views on Grosvenor Henderson’s
gives an alternative way of shopping rather than doing what they’re
trying to do and that is sanitise the way people shop. Not everyone
likes to walk around in a shell suit."
overall scheme covers a 43 acre site including the Bluecoat Triangle,
Paradise Street, Chavasse Park and Canning Place, extending to Church
street, Lord Street and into Ropewalks across Hanover street. It
could be seen as a small cost for the rewards that are given back.
creation of an expected 4,400 permanent jobs and 3,300 construction
jobs and continuing development of a site which has been necessary
for a long time is essential for Liverpool’s recreation: "It will
transform the heart of our city. It will boost employment, bring
more people and investment into Liverpool and enhance our reputation
as a leading visitor and tourist destination," said City Council
Leader Mike Storey.
shops are run by self-employed people and many fear they will not
be able to cover the rising rents in another development, forcing
them to go out of business:
Cantley owns Ace Kits on the first floor.
trying to get a business going, making a decent living, how they
can say its unfortunate that some people may lose their businesses,
people have worked really hard to get these units going," said Mike
Cantley, owner of the recently opened model shop Ace Kits.
is a lucky dip mini city. It offers something which its neighbouring
shopping centres will never be able to recreate. Its interior isn’t
the manufactured neat Ikea copy cat walls and furnishings. Its a
cocktail of bright uncoordinated colours and chipped walls displaying
distinct clothes, gifts and styles for anyone who walks on its floorboards.
the main entrance is a hangout for teenagers.
is often seem as a hangout for students and people in black costume,
yet its doors open to a wide cast of society from teenagers to professionals:
"It’s going to be terrible when it closes, it means a lot to people.
We come quite often cause its got specialised shops and gifts, where
you can’t get things at other places," said students Danielle Flynn
and Megan Brady.
Jackson who works at Waterstones said: I remember when it first
opened up and its been a place for all ages, of all likes and dislikes
to come along to find somewhere unusual. It’s a big part of the
city. Culturally I think we would be losing out without it, Manchester
has a lot of places like this, and we need places like this in Liverpool."
existing shop holders will be asked to move to
another site, which the council and Grosvenor Henderson’s hasn’t
proposed yet. Racheal Kearney, manager of Brook Café is worried
the present lively atmosphere will be lost in a new development:
of the Brook Cafe Rachael Kearney speaks out.
is an institution in Liverpool. I’ve been coming here since I was
sixteen myself, so its a good fourteen years and there isn’t anywhere
like it, and basically we don’t want a brand new premises. The whole
ethos of the Brook Café carries on the themes of Quiggins itself
with antiques on the wall and basically as a relaxing space."
plan will be referred to the Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary,
which if approved the development could be largely be finished by
2007, leaving only the face of Quiggins to remind us of the inner
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Words: Emma Whitehead