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Next phase of Liverpool Waters scheme unveiled

Next phase of Liverpool Waters scheme unveiled

Developer Peel Holdings has revealed details of the next phase of the Liverpool Waters scheme, with several new plots being made available in the city's docklands.

Up to £300 million of construction work may begin before the end of this year on several sites in the Central Docks area, with the plan being key to the wider £5 billion transformation of the area. It will be the largest urban regeneration project in the city's history.

The blueprint is expected to include over two million sq ft of mixed-use space, with more than 750,000 sq ft of offices and over 1,000 apartments. The site will also be visually imposing, with skyscrapers of up to 44 storeys in height.

Commenting on the project, director of development of Liverpool Waters Lindsey Ashworth said: "Liverpool Waters is a unique opportunity to invest in a world-famous waterfront and it’s no surprise that this latest phase of the project has already generated interest from investors and developers."

The focus on the Central Docks will mark a new phase after years of concentration on the Princes Dock, which will become a new cruise liner terminal. Ms Ashworth's assistant Ian Pollitt said: "Central Docks represents a watershed moment for Liverpool Waters."

Developing Liverpool Waters and adding more tall buildings to the Merseyside skyline is an approach that has found favour with the city council and its Mayor Joe Anderson. Indeed, a number of other projects are planned in and around the city centre, mainly focused on new apartments or student accommodation. The tallest new building planned is the proposed 480 ft Ovatus 2 skyscraper, while work is expected to begin this year on the Moda Living and Apache Capital Partners tower at Princes Dock, which will include 300 new apartments.

However, the redevelopment of the dockland has run into opposition form Unesco, which had declared the historic maritime port to be a World Heritage Site in 2004 but has now placed it on its endangered list on the grounds that the redevelopment might all but obliterate its historic character.

Image: SAKhanPhotography


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