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Towers approved for Liverpool Waters
Published: 22nd August 2017
This Article was Written by: Richard Furlong - City Surveys Group
Planning permission has been granted by Liverpool City Council for two more residential tower blocks on the ambitious Liverpool Waters development, securing a further £76 million of construction work for developer Peel on a project expected to generate a massive £5.5 billion over the next thirty years.
This leviathan of a scheme will see the docklands from the Pier Head to Bramley Moore Dock redeveloped with homes, offices and leisure facilities.
Firstly, developer Peel has received the green light to start construction on Plaza 1821, a residential development named after the year the Princes Dock opened. This £21 million tower block will provide housing specifically for the private rental sector and consist of 105 one- and two-bedroom apartments
It has also obtained permission to begin construction on Hive City Docks, a development also located on Princes Dock. Like Plaza 1821 the tower block will consist predominantly of apartments for the rental market but will incorporate leisure facilities, including a panoramic top-floor restaurant.
The rental apartments at Plaza 1821 will be managed by Regenda while Hive City Docks will be managed by Your Housing . Together the towers will form part of one of the five neighbourhoods that make up Liverpool Waters.
Plaza 1821 and Hive City join Lexington Liverpool on Princes Dock. This 34-storey, £80 million tower of more than 300 privately-rented apartments, is being developed by Moda Living and Apache Capital and, alongside Peel ‘s towers, will radically alter the Liverpool skyline.
Not as tall as Lexington but still impressive, Plaza 1821 will stand between 8-14 floors high with 100 apartments while Hive City will reach 31 floors, and house almost 300 apartments.
Plans for both towers include office space and leisure facilities. These will add to the 53,000 square metres of conference facilities, the 27,000 square metres of restaurants and cafés and brand-new ferry terminal that form part of the overall Liverpool Waters project.
Director of development at Liverpool Waters, Lindsey Ashworth, 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.”
With work set to begin on Princes Dock, the docklands are already a hive of construction activity. North of the development, Everton’s new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock will be the jewel in the crown of Liverpool’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.
Development director for residential at Peel Land & Property, Neil Baumber, said: “Plaza 1821 will be a high-quality development with spectacular views of the River Mersey and the surrounding waterfront. The focus now is on getting ready for the building works and ensuring we are on site as soon as possible.”
Chief operating officer at Your Housing , John Cogbill, said: “This is fantastic news for the city of Liverpool. It’s great to see Peel’s Liverpool Waters master plan becoming a reality and that high quality new homes are being prioritised as part of the regeneration.
“Hive City Docks will be an iconic development which complements the spectacular setting. The building has been designed to meet the needs of today’s rental market with world class facilities including around the clock concierge services, in-apartment technologies and a premium rooftop restaurant.”
Elsewhere, plans for the Central Docks area are still to be revealed in detail. This part of the docks, home to the 1980s Festival Gardens attraction, is largely empty but still plays host to events including the Liverpool Sound City music festival. Developers plan to maintain the area’s connection with the arts and build a hub for music and culture on the waterfront, alongside residential and leisure facilities.