[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Glenn Howells Architects’ £13.7 million transformation of the area around Liverpool’s Lime Street station has now completed
The new ‘gently sloping’ public realm was built on the site of Richard Seifert’s 12-storey Concourse Tower office block - demolished in 2008 - which had obscured the station’s listed Victorian, arched gable end since the 1960s.
Howells had originally proposed a 27-storey skyscraper for the ‘gateway’ plot, however the £50 million Iliad-backed scheme collapsed in 2007 due to escalating costs and landowner English Partnerships (EP) - later the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) - decided to press on with a more modest revamp.
The space creates a new main entrance to the station, seating areas and feature lighting and includes a series of etchings incorporated into the station arch glazing and the surrounding paving by artist Simon Faithful.
James Holyoak at Glenn Howells Architects, said: ‘Lime Street Station sits at the heart of Liverpool’s historic cityscape and our vision for the project has focused on building on this legacy to restore the building to its former glory, as well as delivering an accessible, well-functioning station facility.
‘Our ambition, from the outset, was to create a world class setting for the fine 19th century station frontage and at the same time recreate a high quality public space linking the station to St George’s Hall and the Cultural Quarter.
The project has been delivered by a partnership between the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Liverpool Vision, Liverpool City Council, Network Rail and Mersey Travel and funded through investment from the HCA, Northwest Regional Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund and the Railways Heritage Trust.