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Green light for Liverpool apartments plan

Green light for Liverpool apartments plan

A private rental scheme (PRS) development in Liverpool's docklands has gained planning permission, marking the next step in a major urban redevelopment scheme.

Peel Holdings can now proceed with the Plaza 1821 and Hive City Dock towers, which will form part of the Liverpool Waters scheme and overlook the Prince's Dock. Set to feature 100 apartments, Plaza 1821 takes its name from the year the dock opened and will cost £21 million to build. Hive City will be a 31-storey skyscraper comprising 278 apartments and a rooftop restaurant. It will cost £55 million to build.

The rental residential aspect will be managed by Redwing Living, a Liverpool-based subsidiary of the Regenda Group.

Liverpool Waters is set to continue transforming the docklands area over the next few years, with Peel planning 1,000 apartments in a range of buildings. The construction sector in Liverpool is increasingly reaching for the sky as a range of skyscrapers are set to be built over the coming years. Hive City will join developments like the trio of towers Elliot Group now has planning permission to build on the corners of Leeds Street and Pall Mall, or the Ovatus 1 tower. 

Others that are proposed include the 480 ft Ovatus 2, which would replace the 450 ft St John's Beacon as the tallest structure in the city, and a 44-storey tower that would form another part of the Liverpool Waters scheme.

Commenting on the planning decision, development director for residential at Peel Land and Property Neil Baumber said: "This is the first PRS project where Peel Land and Property will be acting as the developer of the new apartment project.

"The focus now is on getting ready for the building works and ensuring we are on site as soon as possible."

While the project will support construction jobs and provide new homes, the manner of the regeneration of Liverpool's docklands has led to Unesco placing the Mercantile City World Heritage Site on its endangered list. It is concerned about the visual intrusion of the large modern buildings planned for the area. 

Image: SAKhanPhotography


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