Joint partners to deliver Liverpool ‘eco-development’

Property firms Legacie Developments and Nexus Residential will build a 450-apartment scheme which they claim will be the first ‘eco-residential’ development in Liverpool. Tony McDonough reports

Element The Quarter is being built by Legacie Developments and Nexus Residential


Legacie Developments and Nexus Residential are to combine to deliver a new development of 450 apartments in Liverpool.

They have acquired a proposed scheme formerly known as The Rise in Low Hill in Kensington. It will be renamed ‘Element The Quarter’ and will be the first major ‘eco-residential’ development in Liverpool. It will comprise 450 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments.

It will feature low-carbon smart technologies including energy-efficient LED lighting, shower save system, mechanical ventilation heat recovery and solar panels. There will also be a rainwater recycling system, air sourced heat pump and a central building management server.

CGI images produced by Liverpool-based architects Falconer Chester Hall showcase how the eco-friendly scheme will look. Nexus and Legacie say it will become the most eco-friendly place to live in Liverpool.

Legacie’s construction arm, Legacie Contracts, has previously developed a number of eco-friendly buildings including Hilton Hotels comprising various sustainable systems. The company is bringing that expertise to this new site.

Legacie Developments is also working on Liverpool’s forthcoming £90m Parliament Square development. In 2019, Legacie stepped in to revive the stalled ‘The Eight’ development in Liverpool’s Chinatown which will complete next year.

Work on Element The Quarter will start in April next year and is expected to be completed by summer 2023. Julian Ramsden, director at Nexus Residential, said: “We are excited to announce plans for Element The Quarter, which is a joint venture between Nexus Residential and Legacie Developments.

“Together, we have successfully delivered on a number of other residential projects and are confident of delivering a  quality residential development here that the entire city can be proud of.

“Element will be special because we are putting significant investment into creating Liverpool’s first major eco-friendly residential development. It will provide quality new homes and regenerate a key area on one of the key gateways into the city centre. This is positive news for Liverpool and we’re looking forward to getting on site early next year.”

Nexus Residential and Legacie Developments acquired the site for an undisclosed fee.

Frank McKenna, chief executive of Downtown in Business, added: “It is fantastic to see Nexus Residential and Legacie Developments coming together to give new life to this site. It is an exciting residential project which will showcase modern eco-friendly living. It is a real positive for the city.”

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