Liverpool City Council has approved two high-rise schemes on its historic waterfront – a 31-storey skyscraper by Brock Carmichael and a 15-storey building by Hodder + Partners
Plans for the £55 million project by Brock Carmichael, known as Hive City Docks, include 278 flats and a restaurant on the top floor. Hodder’s scheme, called Plaza 1821 features 105 new flats.
The projects will sit directly next to a 34-storey private rented sector (PRS) residential tower, dubbed The Lexington, drawn up by Falconer Chester Hall, which was granted planning permission last September.
Both of the newly approved proposals sit within Peel Land and Property’s controversial £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development, which was granted outline planning permission in 2012.
The major project, masterplanned by Chapman Taylor, includes 9,000 homes, offices, shops, a cruise terminal, cultural buildings and restaurants. It is also set to feature a new stadium for Everton FC, after the council supported a deal to bring forward the scheme in March.
Hive city docks, plaza 1821 and the lexington
Lindsey Ashworth, director of development at Liverpool Waters, said: ’Our vision is to create a waterfront for the world and these two developments will take us one step closer to achieving that. Both of these developments will deliver quality living space and places for people to enjoy to the spectacular views on offer here.
’2017 has been the year when a lot of the work we’ve been doing behind the scenes has come to fruition and we are hopeful of more exciting announcements in the near future.’
The two schemes are part of one of five new neighbourhoods at Liverpool Waters. This one, called Prince’s Dock, will provide more than 69,667m² of office space and more than 1,000 waterfront apartments in buildings up to 44 storeys high. There will also be a 7 hectare public park.
Peel’s vision – which first emerged more than a decade ago – for the 60ha of former docklands has been heavily criticised by heritage campaigners.
In 2015, UNESCO called for a moratorium on new building work across the central Liverpool waterfront area, due to the potential damage it could cause to the historic environment.
Earlier this year the organisation went further and threatened to strip the city of its coveted World Heritage status in 2018 unless the government and local authority radically improved their supervision of the Liverpool river front.