City planners approve two new residential developments in North and South Liverpool

Both schemes – in Great Homer Street and Aigburth Road – have been designed by local architects Falconer Chester Hall and total 337 apartments. Tony McDonough reports.

Image of a new development by Soller Group that will see 277 apartments built in Great Homer Street, Liverpool

Council planners have given the go-ahead to two residential developments – one in North Liverpool and one in the South.

Both schemes – in Great Homer Street and Aigburth Road – have been designed by local architects Falconer Chester Hall (FCH).

The Great Homer Street project, close to the Project Jennifer regeneration area, comprises 277 apartments in two blocks and is being built by developer Soller Group.

The apartments will feature communal roof terraces offering “outstanding views” of the city centre and across the river to Wirral and beyond.

They will be a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments contained in blocks of eight and nine storeys.

Investor confidence

FCH director Alastair Shepherd said: “When completed this will complement the extensive regeneration currently ongoing along Great Homer Street by making use of what is currently a largely brownfield site.

“It is also another show of investor confidence in the northern edge of the city and adds to the balance of residential accommodation in the area, which includes recently approved student schemes and more traditional housing stock.”

More than 120 car parking spaces for the scheme will be contained in two basement levels and there will also be extensive provision for cycle storage.

Conservation  area

The £10m Aigburth Road scheme, being brought forward by developer Vinco Group, will see 60 new apartments created within the Lark Lane Conservation Area.

It will see the retention and conversion of an existing villa, and the construction of a new apartment building on the site of a former coach house and stables.

Developer Vinco Group will create 60 new apartments in Aigburth Road, South Liverpool

The development site has two frontages onto Alexandra Drive and Aigburth Road.

Fifteen two and three-bedroom apartments will be created inside the conversion and extension of 34 Alexandra Drive, while a further 42 apartments will be contained within the new building following the demolition of the coach house and stables at 23 Aigburth Road.

‘Sympathetic conversion’

“This is an opportunity to enhance the conservation area with a sympathetic conversion to restore and prolong the life of the existing residential property as well as adding a number of high quality apartments on a disused site,” said FCH managing director Adam Hall.

“It will also bring additional benefits to the area in terms of  extra residents to support existing businesses, and add a building of architectural merit along the Aigburth Road frontage.”

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