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Woods Bagot shrinks Liverpool tower in face of fierce opposition - images

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Woods Bagot has gone back to the drawing board to address fears over its contentious Liverpool Village development.

The practice's original proposals for a 38-storey skyscraper scheme behind the city's Central Station came in from heavy criticism from English Heritage (EH) when they were unveiled last year ( Woods Bagot Liverpool tower mauled by EH).

The £160 million project was branded 'overly dominant' and was further condemned for its impact on the nearby Ropewalks Conservation Area and the city's skyline - in particular the views of the two historic cathedrals. As a result, Liverpool city planners recommended that the scheme should be refused.

It is understood Woods Bagot has now chopped around 10 storeys off the top of the main tower and has come with plans for a new shorter block which will stand next to it.

According to a fresh design statement, the alternative scheme was one of a number developed during the pre-planning consultation period and will create a 'city within a city' destination.

This mid-rise approach, it is claimed, now has the backing of EH as well as Liverpool Vision, the council and CABE.

Stephan Reinke said: 'We have been through a lengthy process; really defining the brief for this important site.

'The outcome has revealed a composition that is more a local landmark as opposed to a metropolitan or regional feature. We have developed a collection of elements which reflect the 'fineness' of the residential and mixed urban fabric.'

by Richard Waite

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