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Falconer Chester Hall wins planning for 650 homes in central Liverpool

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Falconer Chester Hall (FCH) has won planning permission for a high-rise housing development in Liverpool – a scheme described by planners as ‘refreshing and modern’

The Liverpool and London-based practice has drawn up the 50,420m² project, which will be sited on a 0.67ha former crane hire site in Leeds Street, on behalf of developer Vinco.

The development, in the Pumpfields area, consists of 656 homes in four blocks of between 11 and 15 storeys, with two ‘sky gardens’ connecting pairs of builidngs.

FCH managing director Adam Hall said: ‘Pumpfields and the newly-designated Ten Streets district are bringing a new level of activity and commercial energy to the northern fringe of an expanding city centre and this development will help further this direction of growth.

‘The development fits comfortably alongside other residential projects for this area, which are playing a key role in the city’s ongoing regeneration.’

The scheme will have commercial units at the ground floor, plus a gym.

Five residents lodged objections to the scheme with Liverpool City Council, prompted by fears over traffic levels, privacy and overshadowing.

But a report by council planning officers said: ‘Overall, the proposal is considered to create an attractive modern development. It will serve as a navigational marker at this northern gateway to the City Centre without unduly competing with the City’s commercial cluster of tall buildings situated within Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.’

The report went on to say: ‘The chosen materials are refreshing and modern, having been based on similar successful schemes, including aluminium glazing and clear glazed units, supplemented by brick.

‘The pressed metal satin anodised reveals create an architectural interest up the building and are articulated to create difference between the associated blocks.

In addition, the glazed frameless balustrade is recessed, enabling the expressed concrete columns to create a ‘crown’ for the building, in keeping with design aspirations for a development of this scale supporting its landmark status.’

The scheme was revised after pre-planning consultations between FCH and the council in December and January.

The approval comes just weeks after Unesco threatened to strip Liverpool of its coveted World Heritage Site status by 2018 unless the government and city radically improve their supervision of the city’s historic built environment. In June the cultural arm of the United Nations called on the Department for Culture Media and Sport to ‘reverse course and stop the granting of planning permissions which have a negative impact on the outstanding universal value’ of the 136ha heritage district.

Project data

Location Freemasons Row, Leeds Street, Liverpool
Type of project Residential with commercial at ground floor
Client Vinco Developments
Architect Falconer Chester Hall Architects
Landscape architect Layer
Planning consultant Zerum
Structural engineer Alan Johnstone Partnership
M&E consultant Khites
Planning supervisor Falconer Chester Hall Architects
Funding Private
Tender date 2018
Start on site date 2018
Completion date 2020
Contract duration Two years
Gross internal floor area 50,420m²
Form of contract and/or procurement To be confirmed
Total cost To be confirmed

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