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Old November 25th, 2012, 12:33 AM   #81
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The whole idea of the inner motorway of the Sixties was to have large car parks at points along the road with pedestrian access into the centre via the walkway system. As Gareth says, the heavy engineering schemes of that time have long gone out of fashion but the ideas seem essentially the same.

Personally, I wish we could go in for some heavy engineering. I would probably start off with an underpass between Lime Street Station and St Georges Hall, then probably one along the Strand to the rear of the Three Graces. At the end of the day though, they would cost a great deal of money and 'No Entry' signs are a lot cheaper.

As for the Churchill Way flyovers. As Gareth says, they did allow traffic to be diverted away from William Brown Street and allow its pedestrianisation. Also, though heavy traffic engineering always looks out of place in the centre of a city, the flyovers do present an elegant engineering solution with the road decks supported on single central columns as opposed to the normal solution of having decks of girders supported on goal post frames. I've always liked how the Dale Street flyover snakes its way between buildings at high level.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:40 PM   #82
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I wonder Re: could we not turn ST Johns gardens into a small botanical gardens? University of Liverpool already run Ness Gardens, so there is a sector of the University that is well versed in botanical gardens. Liverpool Central Botanical Gardens has a good ring to it.

This is a very ambitious scheme overall, and whilst part of me doesn't want to get too excited, I must recognise what's been done already, and it's hard not to get excited by the plans, and potential, this may deliver.

I think the future is about simplicity, but also finding connection and solutions to things.

If Liverpool manages to define itself as a simple city but with good mechanics and all of that with aesthetic value, then we can say Liverpool is a leading city for the future.

I think in general, Liverpool has a chance to start a new rennaisance that other cities could follow (voluntarily or not).

Economically it will be a huge challenge, but I think we all have hope!
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Old February 13th, 2013, 11:56 PM   #83
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I attended the lecture by Max Steinberg (Liverpool Vision) in the LJMU Redmonds Building entitled “A New Liverpool 2013-2023 - Liverpool and the City Region in the Next 10 Years”
It was well attended and Max Gave a good talk, mainly drawing from the SIF.
His retrospective on the previous SIF was that the two biggies where unsurprisingly, the ACC and Liverpool One.
Some interesting facts for Liverpool One that put its achievements in perspective were given:
• Liverpool One John Lewis is the busiest in The North
• Liverpool One Odeon is the busiest Odeon; yes, busier that Leicester Square!
• Liverpool One has the highest spend per footfall in The North
He also said that the ACC’s facilities are as good as anything in the US, and the exhibition centre would enable Liverpool to compete on a world stage for events.
Talking about marketing Liverpool, a major achievement was the agreement in the City Region of Liverpool as the attack brand. I think the lack of cohesion of the Local Authorities within the city Region is recognised, and this is a sign of improvement.
Looking forward, the next major delivery is the International festival of business 2014. Max listed some significant events that will be moving to Liverpool to take part (can’t remember them now). IFB is viewed as a platform for staging and larger more prestigious international events if the IFB is a success. The ones Max aspired to where G7, G20 or Commonwealth Games. As a taster for the IFB, a conference is being organised for 28th June with some major key note speakers, which include the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Whales.
There was some talk of the knowledge quarter; the sq mile around the new hospital will be employ more scientist than the equivalent in Cambridge. We have major achievements in science but it’s a well kept secret that needs to be publicised.
The SIF will go to cabinet on 22nd Feb for approval.
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Old February 14th, 2013, 10:35 AM   #84
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I attended the lecture by Max Steinberg (Liverpool Vision) in the LJMU Redmonds Building entitled “A New Liverpool 2013-2023 - Liverpool and the City Region in the Next 10 Years”
It was well attended and Max Gave a good talk, mainly drawing from the SIF.
His retrospective on the previous SIF was that the two biggies where unsurprisingly, the ACC and Liverpool One.
Some interesting facts for Liverpool One that put its achievements in perspective were given:
• Liverpool One John Lewis is the busiest in The North
• Liverpool One Odeon is the busiest Odeon; yes, busier that Leicester Square!
• Liverpool One has the highest spend per footfall in The North
He also said that the ACC’s facilities are as good as anything in the US, and the exhibition centre would enable Liverpool to compete on a world stage for events.
Talking about marketing Liverpool, a major achievement was the agreement in the City Region of Liverpool as the attack brand. I think the lack of cohesion of the Local Authorities within the city Region is recognised, and this is a sign of improvement.
Looking forward, the next major delivery is the International festival of business 2014. Max listed some significant events that will be moving to Liverpool to take part (can’t remember them now). IFB is viewed as a platform for staging and larger more prestigious international events if the IFB is a success. The ones Max aspired to where G7, G20 or Commonwealth Games. As a taster for the IFB, a conference is being organised for 28th June with some major key note speakers, which include the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Whales.
There was some talk of the knowledge quarter; the sq mile around the new hospital will be employ more scientist than the equivalent in Cambridge. We have major achievements in science but it’s a well kept secret that needs to be publicised.
The SIF will go to cabinet on 22nd Feb for approval.
Yes, the yet to be built Exhibition centre may not be the prettiest design, but I think it will be a money maker for the city.

Political events such as G7, G20 will be great for international news coverage
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Old March 5th, 2013, 10:48 PM   #85
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A draft implementation plan has been posted on the Liverpool Vision site:

Liverpool City Centre Strategic Investment Framework
Draft Priorities and Implementation Annexe

http://www.liverpoolvision.co.uk/Doc...20Strategy.pdf
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Old May 10th, 2013, 07:56 PM   #86
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Regeneration of Liverpool will see more than £3bn invested in major projects

THE masterplan for the major regeneration of Liverpool will see more than £3bn invested in major projects.

The outline for growth over the next 15 years, The Strategic Investment Framework (SIF), includes a major renaissance for the “Great Streets” in the city centre including The Strand, Hope Street, and the corridor from Lime Street to Water Street along Dale Street.

It is estimated that £1.8bn of private investment will go into the projects, and around £1.1bn of public sector money. Thousands of jobs should be created or safeguarded in the long term, and an additional £740m a year in gross value added (GVA).

Six months on since the launch of the blueprint, Liverpool Vision’s Head of Area Priorities, Jenny Douglas, said the element of the plan which most seemed to “capture the imaginations” of people consulted so far seemed to be the rebirth of the “St George’s Quarter” close to Lime Street station.

She added: “With the new library and St George’s Hall, it’s got fantastic buildings, but that area doesn’t really hang together with the rest of the city centre – it’s quite difficult for pedestrians to get to.

“So we will have to look at that area and see how we can transform it into some sort of coherent space that we can use for major events, festivals and other activities.”

But she said that the St George’s Quarter phase of the plan was likely to be the most challenging element, adding: “To deliver this vision, there needs to be a rethink of how buses and general traffic moves around the area.

“We need to find a way of making public transport continue to work to serve the community but in a way that stops the Quarter being a bit of an island.”

While projects such as improving the “pipeline” of top-end office space in the city centre would likely be funded through private sector investment, public funding would be needed for public realm works included in the framework.

She added: “So over the next three years we are going to be doing the preparatory work, because unless there’s a very major change, the quantum of finance that would be needed to deliver this kind of public realm work will not be available in the next 12 months.”

But Mrs Douglas said where the private sector would be engaged, it was imperative it felt a sense of ownership of the long-term strategy.

She added: “We don’t want the SIF to be seen as the property of Liverpool Vision or of the council. That’s key if we want to maintain that interest and sense of ownership and create that enthusiasm to contribute to that delivery.

“But where we are now with the private sector players in the city at the moment is they’re almost unwittingly delivering the framework’s goals for us. We didn’t draw this up starting with a blank sheet of paper, we looked around at what was already happening and decided to articulate that and work out what will need to do to make that next big leap in development.”

The International Festival of Business to be held in the city next year should be a crucial opportunity to attract more money to Liverpool.

“Whether they are coming from the south east of England or India or China, they will be coming here to see Liverpool, and that event will have a similar impact to the Capital of Culture in terms of perceptions.”

Mayor Joe Anderson added: “There is great work going on behind the scenes to bring the investment in. I described the SIF as a living, breathing document that will adapt and change.

“This year we’ve had £1bn of investment come into the city, we’ve got the new hotel and exhibition centre, the hotel on Dale Street, and the Littlewoods building being refurbished.

“Next year, we are expecting up to £1.5bn of investment to come in, and I think as the private sector gets the confidence to see that things are moving in the right direction then more investment will follow.”

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Old May 10th, 2013, 08:10 PM   #87
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Very positive, just how I like it.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #88
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New Business Development Manager to help take iconic Waterfront from ‘good’ to ‘great’

New Business Development Manager to help take iconic Waterfront from ‘good’ to ‘great’

Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership (LWBP) has contracted a business development specialist to promote this iconic area to the world.

Alison Kelly, who previously worked at the Albert Dock for Merseyside Tourism Conference Bureau before joining Cheshire West and Chester Council as place marketing manager, will work for two years on ensuring the transformation of recent years is built on.

Her appointment is one of the key stages in implementing the LWBP’s business plan which aims to develop the Waterfront as a vibrant, all year round destination, creating quality jobs and adding significantly to the local economy.

Twelve months ago a number of the principal landowners and organisations, ACC Liverpool; Gower Street Estates; Merseytravel; National Museums Liverpool; Neptune; Peel; Tate Liverpool and together with the Canal & River Trust and Liverpool Vision, the city’s economic development company, formed a Community Interest Company to develop and manage the Waterfront.

Sue Grindrod, chair of LWBP and Gower Street Estates, which owns and manages Albert Dock, said: “Our aim is for Liverpool’s waterfront to be recognised alongside some of the world’s other great waterfronts and a key focus of ours is to engage more businesses, attractions and stakeholders on the Waterfront to help enliven it throughout the year, both on and off the water, night and day.

“In appointing Alison Kelly we have someone who understands the city and has great experience in place marketing and can help take us to the next level.”

Alison Kelly said: “I am delighted to be returning to work in Liverpool at such an exciting time, and look forward to working with businesses and partners in this outstanding, iconic destination.

“I have been impressed with the energy and purpose of the directors and the commitment to working in partnership in a strategic context for the Waterfront as a whole.

“I hope that my drive and expertise in place marketing will help the Partnership to grow the membership and deliver results for businesses, visitors and residents of one of the finest waterfronts in the world.”

“Activity on the Waterfront is greater than it has ever been. The last decade has seen the Waterfront transformed with focus on Kings Dock and the Pier Head and is home to attractions such as the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, the Museum of Liverpool, The Beatles Museum and Tate Liverpool.

Further, a new £40m Exhibition Centre capable of hosting the UK’s biggest events is due for completion in 2015 and Waterfront improvements form a major part of Liverpool City Centre’s Strategic Investment Framework, developed by Liverpool Vision and the city’s blueprint for city centre investment over the next 15 years.

Jenny Douglas, head of area investment at Liverpool Vision and LWPB board member, said: “The Waterfront is Liverpool’s major asset and remains a great opportunity to attract further investment.

“There is still some way to go if Liverpool is to be compared with other great waterfronts across the world. Although we have magnificent architecture and historical assets we need to create more activity and greater spend.

“Alison’s appointment is a positive step forward and she will play a vital part in transforming the Waterfront from ‘good’ to ‘great’.”

There will be a Liverpool Waterfront Stakeholders Meeting at the BT Convention Centre at ACC Liverpool on Monday, September 30. For details or to register your attendance contact Alison Kelly on alison@kellymarketing.co.uk
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Old September 26th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #89
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Maybe she'll press those responsible for the lettings at Mann Island into action. Their record, so far, for attracting new businesses into the development is very poor. You would think that there would have been more takers for some of the units than there has been so far.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:48 PM   #90
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I agree Jane - we were promised Brasserie Blanc and nothing happened as well as rumours - albeit just rumours - of a Waitrose - and every time I pass it seems very desolate. Given the huge attendance figures that the Museum of Liverpool report, you would think businesses would be flocking to the location with the reported massive foot fall.
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I agree Jane - we were promised Brasserie Blanc and nothing happened as well as rumours - albeit just rumours - of a Waitrose - and every time I pass it seems very desolate. Given the huge attendance figures that the Museum of Liverpool report, you would think businesses would be flocking to the location with the reported massive foot fall.
The area seems awkward somehow. Even with the MoL and its fans, there seems to be a disconnect, with nothing to entice people from the MoL to the black things.

Perhaps it's a chicken and egg scenario, but two immediate things stand out to me:
1) Make it clear that you can access the open eye gallery from that side, so you can see that signage from the MoL.
2) Get some decent benches in the public space outside it, by the canal, as not everyone wants to sit on the steps.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 09:33 AM   #93
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Liverpool needs a monorail loop taking in Lime Street, Church Street Lord Street, The Strand etc....
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Liverpool needs a monorail loop taking in Lime Street, Church Street Lord Street, The Strand etc....
Can't think about about monorail without thinking about the Simpson's these days. Nothing ages faster than our old conceptions of the future.
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That's a boss idea. We'd be right up there with Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook!
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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:06 PM   #96
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That's a boss idea. We'd be right up there with Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook!
Didn't Rhyl have a monorail?
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I think PRT and GRT type systems are the future of city centre circulation. They can operate in pedestrian areas and form a network covering large areas and even peripheral sites thst can never be matched by any other public transport mode which will have predominantly constrained and linear routing. I think the first cities that seize this technology will prosper from it. The Liverpool waters area is not readily accessible to public transport and will require dedicated services to connect to existing hubs effectively.
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Didn't Rhyl have a monorail?
Yup. An interesting blog post on the subject here with a couple of photos - http://rhyl-life.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/monorail.html

AFAIK, Rhyl still has a monorail in the form of the suspended version inside the Sun Centre.

As for a monorail in Liverpool, I actually think in some areas it might work,as noted with linking Liverpool Waters with the existing city centre. However I wouldn't like to see one in areas like Church Street, as I think it would make the street scene look very cluttered to the detriment of visual amenity in such areas.
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I'd rather see a DLR-style system around LW. Something which could be expanded to other inner city neighbourhoods.
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So has Tokyo, Sydney, Moscow and many other cities and they come in all shapes and sizes. Over the years many have commented on fragmentation of the city centre and the accessibility of the business district by public transport. Liverpool waters will be far more peripheral and isolated from the centre and the bulk of the network and might not command sufficient footfall around the clock to justify a dedicated manned mass transit service of whatever form. Which begins to enter the realms of an elevated people-mover shuttling between established transport hubs ( say Moorfields and lime St) and the new centre of activity on the waterfront. The key is flexibility of service over a broad range of demand.
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