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£1 billion Liverpool scheme finally collapses as workers abandon site

The much maligned £1 billion Liverpool Baltic Triangle scheme has finally gone into administration, after contractors abandoned the site.

The vast city-centre redevelopment project has been subjected to a lengthy legal battle between developer the Windsor Group and contractor Laing O'Rourke.

The dispute eventually resulted in construction workers on the site downing tools more than six months ago and the site has been left empty ever since.

Last night Laing O'Rourke finally abandoned the site, removing three skyscraper cranes and other building equipment.

It remains unclear what this will mean for the likes of Manchester-based Downs & Variava Architects, which was just one of the practices doing substantial work on the site.

This latest development will come as a massive blow to Downs & Variava as the project was one of the flagship developments in Liverpool Vision's overall regeneration for the city.

The first phase of the project would have seen three 'New York-style' apartment blocks being developed, drawing more than 4,000 people into the inner-city site.

by Richard Vaughan

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