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Falconer Chester Hall finally wins planning for Liverpool tower scheme

Liverpool-based practice Falconer Chester Hall (FCH) has won the green-light for a scaled-down version of its original skyscraper scheme close to the city's famous Lime Street Station.

The amended £20 million project on Skelhorne Street, by Irish developer Chieftain Construction, is a much-reduced version of FCH's original £26 million plan, which had boasted a 32-storey tower.

The original proposal was ditched last year ( Falconer Chester Hall's skyscraper plans dashed ) after Liverpool City Council ruled that it would conflict with Iliad and English Partnership's Lime Street Gateway, which is yards from the Skelhorne Street site.

The new, approved version will include two towers of 12 and 13 storeys. The towers will house a 151-bedroom hotel, 88 flats and various leisure facilities.

Falconer Chester Hall managing director Adam Hall said he was always 'realistic' about the constraints of the site.

He added: 'It will be a fine scheme, but it is best to forget what could have been. It is water under the bridge.'

by Max Thompson

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