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Let it be: Hoskins wins go-ahead for Strawberry Fields scheme

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Gareth Hoskins Architects has won planning for this 1,320m² visitor and training centre at Strawberry Field, in Liverpool - the former Salvation Army children’s home made famous by The Beatles

The scheme for young adults with learning disabilities features a ‘contemporary pavilion’ and will retain the much-photographed entrance gates which will be opened ‘to provide public access for the first time’.

Accommodation is housed on two levels under a ‘unifying roof’: a single storey visitor centre; and a two-storey training centre.

The project is backed by the Salvation Army which has owned the estate in Woolton since 1934. The site was immortalised in the song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

Chris Coleman-Smith, director at Gareth Hoskins Architects said: ‘We’re privileged to be working on proposals for this world famous site and have been delighted by the Salvation Army’s concern for the local community, Liverpool, and visitors who travel from all over the world to visit the iconic gates. 

‘The building addresses real needs at every level, and we have enjoyed working with the client and wider team to develop a simple and rational proposal for the building and site that addresses the requirements of a wide range of users in this unique landscaped setting.‘

Strawberry Field gate

Strawberry Field gate

Project team

Architect:Gareth Hoskins Architects
Project Manager: EC Harris
Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds
Planning Consultant: Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
Landscape Architect: Rankin Fraser
Structural Engineer: Curtains
M&E Engineer: Max Fordham
Highways Engineer: Modal Group
Environmental: Urban Green


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