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Falconer Chester Hall wins go-ahead for Liverpool PRS tower

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Plans for a 34-storey private rented sector (PRS) residential tower drawn up by Falconer Chester Hall have been approved by Liverpool City Council

The scheme, dubbed The Lexington, will provide 304 flats for rent and forms part of the controversial Liverpool Waters development, backed by the Peel Group.

Located at Prince’s Dock, the £82 million scheme is being developed by Moda Living – part of Caddick Group and funded by Apache Capital Partners through a PRS joint venture.

Tony Brooks, managing director of Moda Living, said: ‘Liverpool is an exciting place to be in right now, with lots of development activity and a real can-do attitude from the council. This scheme will help underpin the regeneration efforts there while also providing much-needed quality homes for rent.’

The scheme includes communal facilities, including a 17th-floor residents’ lounge, gym, roof terrace, garden, fitness studio and cinema.

The developers say the design takes its inspiration from the historical relationship between Liverpool and New York, and ‘complements the existing local mercantile architecture, including the Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building’.

Peel’s vision – which first emerged a decade ago – for the 60ha of former docklands has been heavily criticised by heritage campaigners.

Last year, UNESCO called for a moratorium on new building work across the central Liverpool waterfront area, due to the potential damage it could cause the World Heritage Site.

The United Nations’ cultural body endorsed the conclusions of an advisory mission that visited Liverpool in February, which stated its ‘deep concerns’ over the impact the Liverpool Waters development would have on the World Heritage Site of Liverpool – Mercantile City.

Meanwhile, this week Falconer Chester Hall also won planning for another major tower in the city: a 25-storey, 196-flat block at the opposite end of the waterfront from theThe Lexington at the junction of Liverpool’s Sefton Street and Upper Parliament Street (pictured below).

The project, for X1 Developments and Vermont Construction, forms the final phase of the five-stage The Quarter development, which is nearing completion.

Quarter tower phase five of the quarter development liverpool by fch

Quarter tower phase five of the quarter development liverpool by fch

 

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