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. . . as Princes Dock plans bear fruit in the city

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Contractor David McLean has asked Austin-Smith:Lord and Brock Carmichael Associates to design for the next phase of office development as part of a £150 million regeneration of Princes Dock in Liverpool. The site's developers say the site has the potential for 100,000m2 of office, retail, hotel and residential development, next to a regenerated dockside and the city's enduring image - the Royal Liver building.

The office building will lie next to Kingham Knight's new £9 million, five-storey harbourside offices and the same practice's £14.7 million, 174-bed hotel, currently under construction. The Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza will be the city's first five-star hotel and will include a health club and conference facilities when it opens this autumn. The developer is hoping that its success will be heightened by the granting of planning permission for a new ferry terminal at the dockside.

The masterplan for the Princes Dock, which goes in for planning permission next week, was prepared by Taylor Young Urban Design as a revised application from earlier work by Tibbalds Munro which received comments from the Royal Fine Art Commission because of the site's importance. It envisages a simple, arched footbridge over the dock to a reclaimed dockside with a bar/restaurant, a 500-space multi storey car park, and 7803m2 of apartments at Princes Half Tide Dock, as well as a series of offices. The key corner site opposite the hotel and adjacent to the Liver Building will be the 13,500m2 landmark building for the whole site, but will need to be mindful of a strategic view up to the St Nicholas Church. The building may go to competition.

David McLean is also working with Austin-Smith:Lord on Liverpool's second 'Fame' school, the new £7.8 million Liverpool Community College, construction of which is under way.

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