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Competition: Liverpool housing assessment

Hoskins Architects’ 2017 scaled-back design
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Liverpool City Council is seeking consultants to mastermind its delivery of new housing over the next 20 years

The team chosen for the estimated £30,000 contract will complete a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) exploring the potential for new homes on around 1,200 key development sites throughout the city.

The study – covering the period up to 2037 – will investigate the availability of land and local housing market conditions while also testing the viability of sites and their potential to deliver affordable housing and an indicative housing mix.

The council’s brief says: ‘For the 2017 SHLAA, the successful consultants will build on the work of previous assessments base-dated 2012, 2013 and 2016. The primary purpose of the commission is to provide an independent and expert assessment of the achievability of the sites and to review the entirety of the assessment.

‘The SHLAA will be used to assess the capability of specific sites to meet the identified housing needs. It is anticipated that the consultant will provide an indication of the range of dwellings type and size for each site or an alternative to approved proposals.’

Following the Second World War, Liverpool witnessed a significant decline in its population caused by new town resettlement programmes and the collapse of its maritime trade.

Since the 1980s large areas of the historic waterfront have undergone regeneration. The latest Liverpool Waters project, led by Peel Holdings, is set to transform an enormous 136ha district with a range of buildings including several skyscrapers. The city now has a population of just under half a million.

Between 2002 and 2011 the city pursued a controversial housing market renewal Initiative known as Pathfinder, which saw several areas of historic housing demolished to make way for new homes.

In 2015, Assemble won the Turner prize for a project working with local residents to regenerate the rundown Granby Four Streets estate in Liverpool. After fighting demolition plans, locals formed a community land trust and brought in the emerging practice to help improve the houses and neighbourhood.

Recent residential planning approvals include a 31-storey skyscraper by Brock Carmichael and a 15-storey building by Hodder + Partners, and a further towers schemes by Falconer Chester Hall (pictured) and a 27-storey skyscraper by Hodder + Partners.

The latest SHLAA will build on previous studies to develop a comprehensive strategy for the supply of new housing, mostly on brownfield and existing development sites, throughout the city.

The deadline for applications is 25 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Greg Nixon
Liverpool City Council
4th Floor
Cunard Building
L3 1DS

Email: greg.nixon@liverpool.gov.uk

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