LIVERPOOL 2020 – PART 2
Liverpool is a city that never stands still. Earlier this year we brought you ‘5 Big Liverpool Developments That Will Change Your Life’. You seemed to like it, so we decided to bring you five more. Liverpool never stands still.
Our football teams are two globally recognised brands that help to take the name of the city around the world twice over. The redevelopment of LFC’s homeground at Anfield is adding several thousand in capacity to the stadium. The first stage undertaken this summer saw 8500 seats added to the Main Stand, bringing the capacity of Anfield to around 54,000.
New facilities also include a widened player tunnel, new team benches a media platform and wheelchair viewing positions. When it’s finished, the three tier Main Stand will be one of Europe’s largest all seater single stands.
The stadium redevelopment is part of a £260m regeneration scheme for Anfield. The next step sees Anfield Road expanded by 4800 seats meaning the ground will have a capacity of 60,000 for the 2016/17 season.
Cains Brewery Village isn’t the only big development taking place in Liverpool’s Baltic area. The regeneration the city’s creative and digital business hub already features many innovative developments including Baltic Creative Campus through to Constellations and Camp and Furnace, it’s one of the most sought after locations in the city.
Set to boost the area further is Baltic Village, close to the Baltic Fleet pub and overlooking the waterfront, Baltic Village will house three blocks contained 324 apartments. It’s just secured a new investor and will be completed by September 2016 complete with a concierge, meeting rooms, cafes and social area.
PALL MALL / ISLINGTON
Changing the skyline of the city and the northern entrance to Liverpool, these are two landmark projects earmarked for the next twelve months to ten years in the city. The £90m project on Pall Mall replaces old industrial buildings with an 18 storey development with apartments and rooftop gardens. There’s to be a restaurant on the fifth or sixth floor a spa, gym, shops and around 366 apartments. North Point, as it’s to be called, is being designed by Liverpool Architects BLOK.
Meanwhile at Islington new student developments are planned close to the university buildings. It’s part of a major regeneration of Islington, transforming a 20 acre site into what’s described as a vibrant mixed use development, with offices, shops and showrooms, leisure, public parks and squares and 4550 homes as well as a student village. The £70m student development by Downing is seen as a kickstarter to the plans.
THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL HOSPITAL AND THE NEW BIOCAMPUS
The redevelopment of the Royal Liverpool hospital isn’t just about replacing a “crumbling and unloved building” according to the trust’s website. Instead it’s about creating a completely different kind of hospital. There will be 646 beds and a 40 bed intensive care unit, 18 state of the art theatres, 23 wards and units including a large clinic research facility and every patient will have a single bedroom with an en suite.
The regeneration isn’t simply about the Royal. A new Bio Campus will create 5,000 high tech well paid jobs becoming a magnet for leading international clinicians, pioneering research and entrepreneurs. The Liverpool BioCampus will elevate a globally renowned biotech expertise into a world class facility. It will link the universities, research, businesses and researchers from creative and digital, Life Sciences and manufacturing. It will be supported by England’s first University Technical College. There will also be a comprehensive cancer centre on the campus managed by the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
The £35m regeneration of Lime Street will transform the major gateway to the city. Revised proposal for the development were given the go ahead by the city in August creating a 412 bedroom student block, a 101 bedroom hotel and 30,000 sq ft of commercial space.
The historic Futurist Cinema has been deemed too far gone to save but developers Neptune have said its history and culture are preserved in the new designs. Work is set to start on the project in Autumn 2015.
So that’s nationally significant developments in the world of sport, creativity, business and lifestyle. Liverpool 2020 looks better than ever.
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