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Old April 13th, 2005, 10:59 AM   #1
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Littlewoods Building | Edge Lane | Mixed Use

Building cries out for flair developer

Apr 13 2005

By Tony Mcdonough, Daily Post

A LANDMARK art deco building on the main eastern route into Liverpool is set to play a key role in the regeneration of the area.

Liverpool Land Development Company is inviting expressions of interest in the former Littlewoods building on Edge Lane, which is now owned by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

LLDC is stressing that the property will be sold only to a developer who comes up with a use for the building that will make an important contribution to the regeneration of the Edge Lane Corridor.

They believe the complex could be suitable for a range of business, leisure or residential schemes.

The Littlewoods building, which sits on a plateau on one of the highest points in the city, was built in 1938 and is well known for its distinctive clock tower.

Accommodation totalling 213.908 sq ft of accommodation is available at the 5.7-acre site.

The building is laid out in two wings, which are linked by an interconnecting block. The west wing, which includes the clock tower, is mainly two storey, with high ceilings and abundant natural light.


The sale of the Littlewoods building is just one of the major projects that LLDC is spearheading in the Edge Lane area.

The others include the redevelopment of the former MTL bus depot site as a science park, a £65m programme of improvements along Edge Lane and a drive to improve retail facilities in the area.

LLDC chief executive David Waugh said: "This building, with its prominent position on Edge Lane overlooking the Botanic Gardens, has outstanding potential.

"We believe that a developer with flair and an appetite for working with existing structures could create something really special on this site and in doing so help to regenerate this important gateway to the city."

The agent acting for LLDC is GVA Grimley. For more details, contact 0870 900 8990.

tonymcdonough@dailypost.co.uk
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Old April 13th, 2005, 01:02 PM   #2
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Another gem of a building, some years ago when Littlewoods left the site there was a report in the paper that this could be some kind of film making centre with studios, workshops, production facilities, all that kind of stuff. It would certainly be big enough, but Colin McKeown opened up his film center in Sandhills so I suppose this idea is a dead duck. Dave any pictures of this beauty??

A developer with flair and imagination, this can only be Urban Splash, just check out their CV, Matchworks is fantastic.
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Old April 13th, 2005, 04:50 PM   #3
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Another gem of a building, some years ago when Littlewoods left the site there was a report in the paper that this could be some kind of film making centre with studios, workshops, production facilities, all that kind of stuff. It would certainly be big enough, but Colin McKeown opened up his film center in Sandhills so I suppose this idea is a dead duck. Dave any pictures of this beauty??

A developer with flair and imagination, this can only be Urban Splash, just check out their CV, Matchworks is fantastic.

What about Mccleans then.
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Dave any pictures of this beauty??
Doug, here's a few taken from the Cathedral. The two taken in 2003 still show the Littlewoods brand name, but it's gone by 2004.
I've taken a few close ups of the building last year, but still searching.

February 2003
[IMG]http://www.**************************/archive/littlewoodsfeb2003.jpg[/IMG]

August 2003
[IMG]http://www.**************************/archive/littlewoodsaugust2003.jpg[/IMG]

April 2004
[IMG]http://www.**************************/archive/littlewoodsapril2004.jpg[/IMG]
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Must have quite a number of people working there in its heyday.
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Dave, great pics thanks for posting them.
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Development plans for the iconic old Littlewoods building on Edge Lane have been unveiled.

The iconic art deco Littlewoods building in Edge Lane is to get a new lease of life as an apartment complex with a hotel and retail space attached.


I don't suppose it's anything new but here's the story off the BBC Liverpool website.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 04:20 PM   #8
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Art deco icon looking up Nov 4 2005
By Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo

THIS is the first picture of how Liverpool's art deco Littlewoods building will look after a £48m rebuild.

It includes a sparkling new glass structure on top of the white building's clock tower, overlooking the city centre.

The landmark structure's west wing will be converted by developer Urban Splash into apartments, aimed at young first and second-time buyers.

The more rundown east wing will be demolished to make way for a hotel, offices, bars and public square, linked to Liverpool science park.

However, the iconic "bookend" frontage will be kept and restored to its former glory.

It is hoped the refurbished building will be ready to throw open its doors during 2008.

Bill Maynard, director of Urban Splash, said: "We have followed the fortunes of the Littlewoods building for 10 years.

"It is a magnificent building with an enormous presence on the brow of a hill and great views across the city.

"The west wing, which overlooks the botanic park, is still a fabulous building, but the east wing is much poorer quality and single-storey.

"We will keep the shell of the west wing and convert it into apartments.

"We will keep the two bookends, but we will redevelop behind the eastern one with a new hotel, offices and more apartments.

"It will bring life to the area and we see it as a 'digital village' where young professionals can live and start small businesses."

The use of the new glass floor on the clock tower - to be named the Sky Tower - has yet to be decided.

Mr Maynard added: "It could be a bar, restaurant, communal living space or apartments, but at the very least it will add a bit of sparkle."

The building was constructed in 1938 by John and Cecil Moores to house their pools business, and was a classic example of the art deco "ocean liner" style.

Antiques dealer Wayne Colquhoun launched an unsuccessful attempt to have it listed two years ago, which would have limited how it could be developed.

He said: "I had hoped to see a more ambitious idea than apartments. If we are not careful, the whole of Liverpool will be flats, hotels and bars.

"I do not like the idea of demolishing part of the building - I think its integrity should be respected."
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That looks fantastic Red,i'm well pleased with that.
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this sounds great, some urban regenaration outside the city centre. edge lane will probably benefit greatly from this.
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Yeah this looks really great, Urban Splash quality outfit, I was always confident they would come through with a great design, get on with it!!!
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Most evident .....

The evidence of success of city / city centre redevelopment must be how far it spills into the `burps.....

Merseytram to Kirkby would be pointing in the right direction and others too.

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Sorry about the dodgy scan but this picture out of last nights echo looks brilliant I think,anyone else agree?
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The same image, this is going to look brilliant driving down Edge Lane.


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Old November 5th, 2005, 12:21 PM   #15
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Seen that in the Holy Ghost this morning. It'll be stunning when rejuvenated and hopefully the rest of teh developments there will befit the location along one of the main 'gateways' to Liverpool.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 07:47 AM   #16
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Littlewoods Building - Edge lane ..... a new beacon!

This has to be one more example (and a good one) of taking current economic forces for `Liverpool City Centre regeneration` and pushing it back into the surrounding areas.

Reconnecting the fabric of the city core to the surrounds.

All following the horrendous demise of the inner city core from the rest of the city structure during the late nineteen sixties to nineteen nineties.

This also seems a prime spot / area / district for the various `University` Campus to also follow.
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OK this is a different Littlewoods building but I thought they would be fine here, new signs going on "the Plaza"




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Old December 14th, 2005, 09:09 PM   #18
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They nicked the idea of that Unity render. I like the Plaza bit, but the Bruntwood bit
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I wonder if it will be lit up it night?? BTW how did the the gig go??
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Superb! Was ill the following day, and couldn't go to work. I blame the kebab....

Got the Bunnymen gig this Saturday as well. Should be good! We need to sort out that meet up too.
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