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Competition: Knowledge Quarter Gateway, Liverpool

Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
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Liverpool City Council is seeking a consultant to masterplan its £2 billion Knowledge Quarter Gateway (KQG) regeneration scheme

The team chosen for the estimated £90,000 contract will create a spatial regeneration framework for a vast 23ha zone, south of Liverpool Lime Street Station, which connects the city centre to the Royal University Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool.

The KQG project aims to improve public realm and reconnect several large plots, including the Mount Pleasant Car Park, the Dairy Site car park, Merseytravel Central Station, the 051 Building, Lewis’s Building, and the Grade II-listed Adelphi Hotel (pictured).

According to the brief: ‘The KQG area is a fulcrum point for city-centre activity, from a transportation, commercial, and leisure perspective and could be a key economic driver and connector from this part of the city to neighbouring zones where masterplans and strategies are being implemented. The KQG area also lies within the World Heritage Site Buffer Zone.’

Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter is home to several large institutions that are key to the city’s growing knowledge economy, such as the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Clatterbridge Cancer Centres, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool Science Park, The National Oceanographic Centre, and Liverpool Bio Innovation Hub. Around £1 billion has been invested in the area since 2012.

The search for a masterplanning team comes a year after the city council first announced its intention to transform the gateway area. Proposals for the KQG district are expected to feature new educational and academic uses; digital, tech and bio-technical facilities; key worker housing; student accommodation; and commercial and leisure amenities.

New buildings in the area will be expected to embrace ‘cutting-edge style architectural design and invention, smart technology and sustainability’ to provide exemplars for the city while respecting neighbouring conservation areas. New open spaces, squares and pocket parks will be created and street patterns and east-west linkages for pedestrians will also be improved.

The winning team will be expected to have experience in transport planning, masterplanning and placemaking, heritage, urban design and architecture, property advisory services, community engagement and consultation, and strategic planning.

Once complete the spatial regeneration framework is expected to be adopted by the council as its supplementary planning guidance for the area. A compulsory purchase order may also be pursued once a development partner is on board.

The deadline for applications is midday, 5 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Lorraine Cross
Liverpool City Council
4th Floor
Cunard Building
Liverpool
L3 1DS

Tel: +44 1512330593
Email: lorraine.cross@liverpool.gov.uk

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