Developer Packaged Living launches public consultation on £100m plan to build two residential towers in Liverpool comprising 434 rental apartments. Tony McDonough reports
People are being asked for their views on a £100m residential scheme planned for Liverpool city centre.
Developer Packaged Living aims to put in a planning application in the autumn for Old Hall Place on the site of Littlewoods’ former computer centre in Old Hall Street. It will comprise two towers of 19 and 25 storeys and 434 rental apartments.
Following a collaborative period of review between architects Falconer Chester Hall and Liverpool City Council, households and businesses in the immediate area are now being invited to have their say on the proposals.
A dedicated web site – packagedlivingliverpool.co.uk – showcases the designs and will enable the public to leave feedback. Scheme architect Adam Hall says the ambition is to submit a planning application for the development in September 2023.
“We have enjoyed a very collaborative set of meetings with Liverpool Council and now it is time to ask the public what they think,” said Adam.
“The proposals envisage a high-quality development that will offer a fitting book-end to Liverpool’s thriving commercial district.”
Old Hall Place will include a mix of one, two and three bed homes and Packaged Living says they will offer “stunning views”. Resident amenities will include lounges, co-working space and a rooftop terrace.
Development manager Edwina Coward added: “The site’s location makes it highly sustainable for those seeking to make use of Liverpool’s extensive public transport infrastructure.
“Today’s city centre resident is increasingly living, working and spending leisure time in the city and embracing car clubs, public transport, walking and cycling.
“The scheme offers superb cycling facilities including a bike hub and repair workshop. Moorfields underground station is just around the corner, as are bus stops and, down the hill, the ferry terminal.
“We’re putting a lot of focus on the ground floor landscaping and uses to make this a place where people will want to dwell, as well as aesthetically enhancing this junction as the northern gateway into Liverpool city centre.”
The consultation web site will remain open for two weeks, closing for comments on Wednesday, July 26.
The development is expected to take two and a half years to build. It is on the site of the former Blundell & Sons coal yard, which serviced barges using the adjacent terminus of the Leeds – Liverpool Canal.
The listed former lock-keepers’ cottages, built in 1800, now form part of the Radisson Blu hotel development and are the only remaining evidence of the canal’s presence this far into the city centre.