Liverpool planners give go-ahead to £35m student scheme at former coach station

City centre project by Anwyl Construction will see the construction of two blocks at Norton Street – one of 16 storeys and one of 10 – comprising 566 apartments. Tony McDonough reports.

Compute-generated image of a £35m student living scheme in Norton Street, Liverpool
Compute-generated image of a £35m student living scheme in Norton Street, Liverpool

Work on a £35m student living scheme on the site of the former National Express coach station in Liverpool can go ahead after council planners approved the project.

Anwyl Construction, a North Wales developer, is looking to build two blocks at Norton Street – one of 16 storeys and one of 10 – comprising 566 apartments.

The blocks will be constructed at 45-degrees to each other and facing onto Islington.

It will also include commercial units on the ground floor which will also feature communal facilities including a gym, dining area, games room, laundry and office/reception area together with cycle and bin stores for the residents.

The two blocks will be joined at ground floor level by an interlinking glazed block with landscaped areas at the entrance on Islington/Norton Street and within a courtyard area between the blocks.

Director Tom Anwyl, who heads up Anwyl Construction, said: “Liverpool is a thriving and exciting city and we’re proud to be playing a part in its transformation.

“The Anwyl Group has a solid reputation for high quality and thoughtful building in North Wales and we have ambitious plans for expansion in the North West.

“We believe that to gain unanimous approval for such a significant development in a key location in the city is the perfect way to launch Anwyl across the border.”

The council gave the development unanimous approval and said it would contribute towards the mix of residential accommodation and support the regeneration of the Islington area.

Anwyl also has plans for a second development in the city centre – a £50m eco-friendly apartment complex on Pall Mall where it is planning a 21-floor development housing 342.

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