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Fletcher-Rae submits fresh plans for contested Liverpool waterfront site

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Fletcher-Rae has submitted plans for a £100 million waterfront scheme in Liverpool – the third set of proposals to be drawn up for the site

The Brunswick Quay scheme for Maro Developments will create a 46,000m² mixed-use development on the southern edge of Brunswick Dock, next to Liverpool Marina.

Maro had originally hoped to build a 51-storey Ian Simpson-designed skyscraper on the site, but the project was knocked back several times until finally being thrown out in 2006 by the then secretary of state, Ruth Kelly.

Reworked proposals for a mid-rise housing scheme were drawn up in 2008 by Studio Egret West, but the project never came to fruition.

The scheme will include four buildings ranging from seven to 12 storeys and will create 552 new homes linked by landscaped garden piazzas overlooking the River Mersey and a new dock.

It will provide retail and commercial units on the ground floor of the buildings along the riverside.

According to the architects, the layering of materials on the individual buildings aims to achieve a camouflaged ‘dazzle ship’ effect from a distance, paying homage to Liverpool’s maritime history.

Co-founder of Fletcher-Rae, Andrew Rae said: ’The proposed buildings are arranged to elevate residences to ensure that all residents have attractive views across the Mersey and adjacent Marina.

’A strong identity for the landmark site has been developed which also looks to create powerful links with the immediate public realm by introducing mixed-use public spaces that connect with waterfront footpaths and cycleways.

’The rich maritime and industrial history of Liverpool’s southern docks has shaped the form and materials embodied in the masterplan for Brunswick Quay. The proposed design of the buildings and landscaping take cues from this industrial past and are integrated into a simple palette of materials.’

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  • I find Fletcher-Rae's plans for an alleged £100 million waterfront scheme in Liverpool far from impressive.

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