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Parisian practice AWP reveals new cultural quarter in Liverpool

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Plans have been unveiled by Paris-based practice AWP to create a new creative district next to the giant Tobacco Warehouse in Liverpool’s Stanley Dock

The firm, which is headed by Alessandra Cianchetta, has drawn up proposals for ten streets north of the city centre which include a major performance venue with a revolving auditorium.

The 50ha scheme next to Peel’s controversial £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development is being hailed as ’an opportunity of a lifetime to redefine Liverpool’s future as a creative powerhouse of the 21st century’.

The vision for the Ten Streets district - currently home to a mix of historic dock warehousing and industrial buildings - is for an area ’where tech companies, digital businesses and creative enterprises can flourish alongside artistic organisations’.

Liverpool City Council is working on the project with Irish property company Harcourt Developments, which recently delivered the new Titanic Hotel designed by Darmody Architects within the North Warehouse at Stanley Dock.

Awp tobacco dock liverpool

Awp tobacco dock liverpool

The initial proposals by AWP, which is best known in the UK for its work on the Malmo Quay in Newcastle, have now gone out to public consultation.

Cianchetta, AWP’s founding partner said: ’We are delighted to be part of the Ten Streets project and to have the opportunity to work in such a unique, fascinating and historic area, blending old and new, treasuring Liverpool’s history and past and looking forward to the future, will be a wonderful experience.

’We look forward to fostering a lively exchange of ideas which will help shape the physical framework to generate economic and intellectual growth.’

The proposed new music and theatre venue will be the UK’s first-ever stage-around theatre, based on a similar performance space in Amsterdam.

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Pat Power of Harcourt Developments
’Liverpool is a young, vibrant city with a multitude of colleges and universities that provide a strong base of creative organisations and businesses. It is an exciting city to live in and has some of the lowest business costs within UK cities. For these reasons and more, Liverpool is very well placed to take advantage of the growth of the digital and creative businesses of the future, through both inward investment and local start-up enterprises.

’Through collaboration and innovation the Ten Streets district has the potential to become an internationally recognised hub for these industries. The success of the Titanic Hotel and the ongoing redevelopment of Stanley Dock, in addition to the existing creative businesses in the area, provides a great platform to begin with. We are very pleased and excited to be involved in the regeneration of the Ten Streets district.’ 

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