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John Lyall Architects has submitted this new scheme on a pivotal Liverpool site for planning permission. The £100 million proposed development will be on a plot immediately to the west of the Three Graces on the Mersey waterfront.

It sits just in front of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' Unity development, which is nearing completion. According to Lyall, the project has so far faced just 'minor local planning controversy because of the height' and has been largely welcomed by planners and CABE. The scheme comprises two elements: a U-shaped medium-rise building and a thinner tower. The 25-storey tower will be largely occupied by a hotel. At the top it will also house a viewing platform for the general public. The U-shaped building will include 360 apartments, the ground oor being made up of doubleheight retail units. These units, which will face into a courtyard, will also be able to look out to the River Mersey beyond. Lyall is particularly keen to emphasise the facade treatment on both buildings. On the lower building it will be a mixture of fritted and non-fritted glass, while the effect of the facade treatment on the tower should make it appear 'white-ish' during daylight hours, but translucent at night.

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