Hello Yellow Brick Road as Liverpool’s LGBT district gets a makeover

New streets surfaces and signs with a Wizard of Oz theme have formed part of the work around Eberle Street which is in turn part of the £1.6m revamp of the commercial district. Tony McDonough reports.

Eberle Street is at the heart of Liverpool's LGBT community
Eberle Street is at the heart of Liverpool’s LGBT community. Picture by Gareth Jones

A revamp of Eberle Street in Liverpool city centre has been completed – part of a £1.6m scheme to improve the public realm in the commercial district.

Eberle Street also lies at the heart of Liverpool’s LGBT community and the work has been themed around a Wizard of Oz concept,

A consistent level surface, with new high-quality granite paving has replaced the tired asphalt and kerbing and now boasts unique hexagons which show iconic images from the well-known film including the Yellow Brick Road and the Emerald City in the mythical Land of Oz.

Two bespoke designed Eberle Street signs along with bespoke LED lighting across the street complements the hexagonal shape and structure of the paving below.

Liverpool-based designers BCA Landscape and Amey Consulting worked together, along with the input of local stakeholders and BID businesses based on the street, to develop the creative redesign which was built by local firm King Construction.

The works are part of a £1.6m scheme, which have improved the pedestrian connection linking the commercial district to the city’s retail core, were jointly funded by the Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council.

The new look Eberle Street in Liverpool City centre. Picture by Gareth Jones
The new look Eberle Street in Liverpool City centre. Picture by Gareth Jones

Jim Gill, chairman of the Commercial District BID, said: “The completion of Eberle Street is truly the jewel in the crown of the district’s public realm renovation project.

“Eberle Street is key to the night time economy so it’s fantastic to see it gain a new lease of life following its redesign.”

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for regeneration, added: “The transformation of Eberle Street has been a great success story between the public and private sector and has created a beacon for the community that everyone can take pride in.

“Hopefully it will help drive more footfall to this unique and diverse part of the city centre.”

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