Liverpool site to receive £100m renovation

Developing green space has been given top priority in the £100m transformation of a historic area of Liverpool.

Master-planners hope the resulting designs will echo parts of New York in the largest residential scheme in the city to date. A series of new buildings form three distinct triangles that sit in the shadow of Liverpool’s cathedral, leading developers to name the site Tribeca, or Triangles Beneath Cathedral. The 2ha site on Great George Street includes 0.2ha of new public space, as well as 0.4ha of private gardens for residents of the 706 homes. The master-plan has been designed by a collaboration of four practices: Liverpool’s Shedkm; London’s Riches Hawley Mikhail and Alison Brooks Architects; and Austria-based Querkraft. Shedkm director Mark Sidebotham said that green space had been a priority, as part of the drive of the project was to create housing suitable for families with young children. He added: “There are green spaces throughout the whole master-plan and Plot One has almost an acre of private gardens, making it more viable to bring in family accommodation. Plot Two is more in the public realm with a mix of green space and hard landscaping, while Plot Three has its own private green space.” Tribeca is expected to take around eight years to complete and in addition to housing will also include around 24,000sq m of office and retail space, underground parking and a hotel. Property developer Urban Splash has already received planning consent for the project and work is expected to start within the next few months. Sidebotham explained that the scheme’s landscaping includes a series of levels that tier down like paddy fields, play spaces and planting such as trees and grasses. He added: “It’s not supposed to be formal lawns. Even within the buildings we’re trying to create communal space so people can step out of their front door and interact with their neighbours.”

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