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Falconer Chester wins green light for grand Liverpool vision

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Falconer Chester has won outline planning permission for its £60 million 'Grand Central' scheme in Liverpool.

The mixed-use 10,000m 2building will be the regional flagship project for Skelhorne Developments and will include a 250-bed hotel, conference centre, health and fitness club and 229 residential apartments.

The 13-storey building will sit in a triangular area bounded by Skelhorne Street, Copperas Hill and Bolton Street, alongside the city's Lime Street mainline train station.

The area is one of those highlighted by Liverpool Vision, the urban regeneration company which is promoting developments in Liverpool's city centre. It is supported by English Partnerships, Liverpool City Council and the North West Development Agency.

Paul Falconer of architect Falconer Chester said: 'The proposals for Grand Central create a well-balanced development of high quality, which is commercially viable. The scheme complements Liverpool Vision's Strategic Regeneration Framework [July 2000] and particularly its aspirations for the Lime Street Gateway.'

Derek Lee, director of Skelhorne Developments, added: 'Grand Central will provide a positive, lasting impression for people travelling into Liverpool via Lime Street, in a part of the city that is currently in much need of improvement.'

The scheme will also include extensive public spaces. Joanne Dowd of James Barr Planning Consultants said that 'there are plans to open up the site and make it accessible to pedestrians'.

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