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Peel goes even bigger with £5.5 billion Liverpool Water scheme

Peel Group has submitted plans for its £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters redevelopment scheme, which includes proposals for the tallest UK building outside of London

Overseen by Chapman Taylor, the project is the ‘big sister’ of the £4.5 billion Wirral Waters on the opposite side of the River Mersey which, when it was lodged for planning last December (AJ 15.12.09), was the largest planning application ever in the country.

The two neighbouring schemes are known locally as ‘Peel Waters’.

The redevelopment of the disused dockland in north Liverpool, includes 1.3 million m² of mixed use floor space across 61 ha. Overall, Peel Waters is a £10 billion project of more than 2.8 million m².

Peel Waters - the £10 billion combined Liverpool Waters and Wirral Waters schemes

Peel Waters - the £10 billion combined Liverpool Waters and Wirral Waters schemes

Liverpool Waters, which will include the 55-storey (195.65m) Shanghai Tower, will see 9,000 new homes, a cruise terminal, offices, shops, a cultural building and restaurants built. Back in July, Peel was forced to shrink its proposals after English Heritage (EH) expressed fears the huge project could threaten Liverpool’s World Heritage Status (WHS).

Peel’s development director Lindsey Ashworth said: ‘It is a fantastic and almost unbelievable achievement to get a scheme of this scale and nature to a point where a planning application can be submitted.

‘It has been a very costly exercise and there is much more to be done, but Peel believes that Liverpool can be a greater city and that Liverpool Waters will be a major part of its future and that it will all be worth the effort in the end.’

Wirral Council approved the East Float part of the Wirral Waters scheme at Birkenhead Docks in August.

The secretary of state is currently deciding whether the project needs to be called in.

Peel said it wants to win outline planning before appointing further architects.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Perhaps Peel want to create the Dubai of the North?
    I can see this being just as successful and sustainable as Dubai has become.

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