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Old March 5th, 2015, 09:52 PM   #301
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Two Merseyside lines prioritised for electrification

Two Merseyside train lines are among those prioritised for electrification by a government task force.

Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central and Southport/Kirkby to Salford Crescent are among 12 routes chosen as ‘Tier One’ priorities for the change.

The 12 routes are all based in the north and were chosen based on the economic benefits they would bring to the area, as well as environmental and financial effects, and the change to train capacity.

The Electrification Task Force was created in December 2013 to plan how electrification could help economic growth in the north of England.

The group’s final report was published today and given to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel called the decision “extremely encouraging” and said: “This is yet more good news for the Liverpool City Region in relation to its rail ambition.

“We are about to see the electrification of the line put into effect between Lime Street and Manchester Victoria, reducing travel times of some services to half an hour and work is also set to begin to electrify the line up to Wigan.

“To have the Taskforce identify and recommend to Government two further electrification schemes that would directly benefit those who live and work in the Liverpool City Region, or may choose to do so as a result, is extremely encouraging.

“Electrification coupled with improved standards on the network driven by the specifications for the new Northern and Transpennine Express franchises will boost the benefits to customers from the existing infrastructure while the work continues to fundamentally transform transport infrastructure across the north.”
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Year-long Liverpool Moorfields station upgrade to get under way next month

The final phase of the £40m refurbishment of Merseyrail’s five underground loop line stations will get under way next month with the upgrade of Moorfields station.

The work gets under way on April 13, and will take around a year to complete.

The station serves the city’s business district and is one of the busiest on the network. It will remain open throughout the £8m refurbishment, but all three platforms will close temporarily at different times for a few months to allow work to take place.

Improvements will be made to platforms, walkways, and the upper and lower concourse areas. There will be new flooring, fresh enamel cladding on the walls and brighter lighting. It will also look more airy and less cluttered.

The dates for the phased closure of the three platforms have been chosen to minimise disruption to journeys while various major events are held, such as the Grand National and Cunard’s Three Queens spectacular in May, as well as to accommodate the extra passengers who come into town for Christmas.

The work on Moorfields will get under way just weeks after the completion of the upgrade of Hamilton Square station, which is due to open on March 27. Liverpool Central, James Street, and Lime Street have already been refurbished.

Andy Heath, deputy managing director of Merseyrail, said: “Moorfields has been crying out for a makeover for some years now, and it’s great that the work is finally about to start.

“We are sure that customers will be delighted with the end result, but we do ask people to bear with us while it’s being done. It’s important to us that information about alternative travel arrangements is communicated effectively, and we have worked hard to provide it through a variety of channels.”

Chris Littler, area manager for Network Rail, said: “This is the latest phase of our investment in the railway on Merseyside to provide passengers with modern stations and a railway they can rely on and be proud of.

“The work has been carefully planned with Merseyrail to limit disruption to passengers as much as possible and, by closing one platform at a time, we are able to keep the station open and keep the majority of trains running – particularly during some of the high profile events that are happening in Liverpool and the surrounding area over the coming months.”

Under the phased closure programme, the Wirral line platform will be closed from April 13 to August 3. Northern line platform 2 (towards Sandhills) will then be closed from August 3 to November 15. There will then be a break over the Christmas period, after which Northern line platform 1 (towards Liverpool Central and Hunts Cross) will be closed from January 4 to April 2016.

Passengers who normally take Wirral line trains are advised to use other city centre stations while the platform is closed.

Rail replacement buses will also operate between Moorfields and St George’s Hall on Lime Street.

Merseyrail will run a comprehensive campaign to communicate passenger information, advising people how to travel throughout the staggered closure of the three platforms.

Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, said: “Moorfields is an important station, serving the business, retail and leisure areas of the city. The improvements represent the next phase of a major refurbishment across Liverpool’s loop line, helping us to develop the rail network which will in turn support the growth of the Liverpool city region economy.”
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Old March 11th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #303
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A few photographic updates of particular developments. Taken today:

The aerial masterplan/over-view of Liverpool John Moore's University's new campus/redevelopment plan:



The NCH student/retail development on Hope Street:











Liverpool University's new bio-innovation centre, Apex 2:






The new Material's Innovation Factory is now on site. a joint venture between Liverpool University and Unilever:




Landscaping around the railway cutting behind the new Crown Place Student development, Brownlow Hill:



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Old March 12th, 2015, 06:11 PM   #304
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Developer Peel announces three schemes for Liverpool Waters

Peel Land & Property has submitted its first planning application for its £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.

The gorup announced progress with three significant developments for its project set within the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone.

Addressing the world’s property development and investment community from the Liverpool stand at this year’s MIPIM property conference in Cannes, Peel director Lindsey Ashworth outlined details of the latest advanced negotiations.

These developments will ultimately start to transform the 60-hectare waterfront site into a mixed-use development supporting jobs, providing homes and delivering leisure space.

He confirmed that a detailed planning application had now been submitted for an eight-storey 100,000 square foot Grade A office building at Princes Dock.

This is the first such application since Liverpool Waters received its final outline planning consent in November 2013 and is a signal of the developer’s commitment to, and belief in, the city’s commercial office market.

The development site is off William Jessop Way, next to Princes Dock’s multi-storey car park and the building has been named William Jessop House after the 18th century civil engineer.

The building draws its design inspiration from the location’s history as part of the city’s historic port.

Based on stacked shipping containers, the designers have produced a building which is modern, yet in-keeping with the colour and scale of the current Princes Dock buildings.

Peel also confirmed that it had now agreed a deal with developer Moda Living for a residential tower of more than 325 apartments.

Originally announced in December 2014, this tower will sit next to William Jessop House at Princes Dock and reach 126 metres with its 40 storeys.


It will deliver a mix of studio, one, two and three -bedroom apartments targeted at the private rental sector.

The fully-managed development will include various amenities for residents including a cinema, gym, a residents’ lounge and car parking.

There will also be business meeting space and a permanently staffed management office.

Moda Living expects to submit a planning application for this tower to Liverpool City Council this autumn.

If planning consent is granted, building work could begin on site next year with completion in 2017.

Finally, it was confirmed that terms had been provisionally agreed on three of the other 88 waterfront plots.

Two would be a hotel bringing 150 high-quality hotel bedrooms to the city with 40 “high end” residential apartments managed by the hotel.

The third site is proposed to be developed for around 100-apartments.


Both development sites would command spectacular views of the River Mersey and key elements of the city’s maritime heritage.

Lindsey Ashworth said: “These announcements mark a major milestone for Liverpool Waters confirming what we hear time and again that the city’s waterfront is a key attraction for investment.

“It also shows that Liverpool Waters is moving forward with a balanced mixture of uses befitting a modern dynamic city.

“We are proud to be putting an office building of the quality of William Jessop House to the city planners.

It will be a transformational development which will attract businesses from within and from outside the city region.

“Princes Dock is currently enjoying a good occupancy rate of 97% across its three waterfront office buildings.

“We may develop it ourselves, sell the land on to others to develop or form a joint venture partnership.

“At this stage we rule nothing in and nothing out regarding the future development of this site in order to retain the flexibility to respond to the market.”

Owing to the strength of interest in Liverpool Waters, Peel propose to identify four further plots of land to be offered to the market in the near future in order to keep this positive momentum of activity and progress moving forward.

Mr Ashworth said: “We have enquiries and interest along the length of Liverpool Waters from Princes Dock to Bramley Moore Dock and we will continue working hard to secure the very best and most sustainable projects on behalf of the city.”
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William Jessop House | 100,000 sq ft | Liverpool Waters | In Planning

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Bridewell prison to become Liverpool's newest hotel

An unbreakable Liverpool prison is to become the city’s newest hotel.

Guests will be able to spend a night in the cells for all the right reasons as the former Bridewell prison on Cheapside becomes the first hotel by staycentral.com - a new Liverpool-based hotel chain.

Operations Director, Lee Darwen, allowed a sneak peek inside the Grade II listed building this week, which is currently having the final touches made to it, before it is launch later this Spring.

He said: “Having Bridewell as the first staycentral.com hotel is very exciting indeed. It’s not just any normal building, it’s steeped in history, it’s in a brilliant location and most of all it fits with the ethos of the modern micro-hotel concept which staycentral.com will roll out nationwide in the coming years.”

This prison was completely secure. Once you were in that was it. A plaque on the wall in the reception area said: “Please do not ask for bail because a refusal often offends”

It was originally designed as a police station and courts complex for the Corporation of Liverpool and it was used as Liverpool’s main lock-up for more than 130 years, up until 1997. In 1999 it was re-opened after fears that the Millennium celebrations might lead to disorder. Since then plans have been mooted for apartments and student accommodation, before work began on the new hotel 18 months ago.

A quadrangle of former cells will soon be transformed into 85 slick modern rooms complete with hi-spec en suite bathrooms and LED Smart TVs.

Mr Darwen added: “The walls are super thick with layers of original British bond brick and the doors are solid oak, so there is no danger of being woken by noisy neighbours. Bridewell has such historical significance in Liverpool and we are looking forward to welcoming our first guests and forming it’s new future as a hotel.”

The exercise yard, once open to the elements, has been converted into a glass covered indoor lounge space, to offer weekend music and leisure events, pop-up bars and business networking meetings. On the higher levels, open in early Summer, original beams have been carefully restored and make larger suites and interconnecting rooms.

Staycentral.com’s Bridewell Liverpool will open this Spring.

For booking enquiries and further information visit the holding page: www.staycentral.com or call 0151 203 1133.
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Planning App: 15F/0439. Convert old police station into 11 flats + 9 town houses.

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Applicant: Mr Paul Jones..........Architects: WROOT Design Ltd.

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The Anfield extension is now going vertical.

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Phase 4 of X1 The Quarter's apartment scheme.

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Here's how the new tower and office development will sit in Liverpool Waters in relation to what's already there.

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There will be a nice little cluster forming when the proposed Shanghai Tower is eventually built. That's quite a way off yet though.

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A few photographic updates of a couple of developments taken today.

The NCH student/retail/leisure development on Hope Street. Will be ready by summer. Will also see the creation of a new public square and the restoration of historical statue :







ACL new H.Q ( Atlantic Container Line) on Duke Street. Foundations almost complete. Completion date March 2016. Nice copper detailing and sympathetic to environment - which consists of many victorian and georgian buildings and warehouses:






Viewed from a variety of angles:









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Approval for Mersey House apartments on The Strand
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A derelict building on The Stand will become 122 new apartments, after plans were approved this week.

Mersey House, a ten-storey former office housing The Ministry of Defence, will be turned into apartments overlooking Liverpool’s waterfront and Albert Dock under the plans. Before the homes are completed the 1960s building will receive a makeover with floor-to-ceiling glass cladding to modernise the exterior.

Mersey House can be found next to the recently regenerated 30 James Street Hotel, while nearby Wellington House was sold at auction earlier this year as The Strand is transformed as part of several individual schemes.

Under a scheme introduced by the government in 2013 to make use of vacant office buildings, the office can be converted into residential apartments without the need for planning permission, but permission was needed for the exterior changes before work could get underway.
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Hamilton Square Underground after its refurb.

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Speke retail park plans could create 1,000 new jobs for Liverpool

Plans have been submitted for a Speke retail park development which could create 1,000 jobs.

A consultation was held last month to gather residents’ views on expansion of The New Mersey Shopping Park to include a new cinema, restaurants and more shops.

Bosses at the retail park say feedback was “overwhelmingly positive” and have now submitted their official application for the plans to Liverpool council.

Neil Ashcroft, New Mersey Shopping Park’s centre manger, said: “This planning application represents a significant investment in the shopping park and will continue the recent investment in, and regeneration of, the Speke area. Our shoppers are keen to see a new cinema and an improved restaurant offer, which will transform the shopping park into an attractive retail and leisure destination for this area of the city.

“If approved, the plans could see New Mersey Shopping Park become the second largest employer in south Liverpool with over 2,000 people working on the park following completion of the works.”

The park’s expansion would create 600 full and part-time retail jobs and 390 construction jobs.

As well as creating new jobs, the proposals will see:

A new multiscreen Cineworld cinema and six restaurants

New shop frontages and public areas to improve the look of the shopping park

More flexible retail space, altering the existing layout to provide smaller units for more shops

A “significantly improved” car park layout

A spokesman for development company British Land said: “Almost 400 people visited the public consultation event and feedback from residents and shoppers was overwhelmingly positive. 97% of people supported the proposals and felt they would benefit both the shopping park and the wider area.”

Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, said: “The proposed investment is a sign of growing confidence in Liverpool as a good place to build new retail and leisure facilities.

“These proposals will deliver more jobs in construction and permanent jobs at New Mersey Shopping Park. We are working hard with the owners of the shopping park to ensure that as many of these jobs as possible are filled by local people.”

Alun Hayes, a spokesman for British Land, told the ECHO last month the cinema and restaurants will be on the existing Currys site and that Currys will move to the vacant Comet unit.
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Aerial view of the International Garden Festival site south Liverpool in 2006

Abandoned and could be transformed into a waterfront park after council members agreed to take over the site.

Members of Liverpool city council’s Cabinet committee todayagreed proposals to acquire 85 acres of land at Festival Gardens in Otterspool, in the hope of turning the vacant site into a “visitor destination”.

Councillors hope to protect 57 acres for use as a public space, with a mixture of creating a waterfront park with green space, leisure facilities and residential use.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “We want to develop it into a destination park attraction for the whole city, built on the waterfront.
“Not many cities in the world have green space on their waterfront in such a spot.”

Mayor Anderson said the space could be used as space for performances and recreation.

He added: “I think it is something that we are desperately determined to do, rather than just leave it for another 30 years.”

Langtree, who have the lease for the site, originally went into partnership with David McClean Homes on the site, but the firm later went into administration.

The report put to this morning’s Cabinet meeting said: “It is in the best interests of the council and the city to take control of the lease alongside the freehold and look for a balanced mix between public open space, event space and housing in an attractive and desirable waterside location which is otherwise laying derelict in the most part.

“The council will seek a balanced way ahead – that means a combination of quality public open space retaining as much greenery at the site, being sensitive to the prevailing ground maintenance, remediation, and management issues but also to look to maximise the developable portion of the land in a sensitive way.”

Concepts for the site include installing art, a sculpture park or a site for performances, conferences and research.

Members agreed to acquire the land, subject to site surveys and due diligence.
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Wolstenholme Square
Ropewalks (City Centre), L1

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  • Architect - Falconer Chester Hall
  • Developer - Elliot Group

Plans have been revealed for a £40m mixed use development in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool City Centre. It will contain 370 apartments, commercial space and a new venue for Liverpool's Cream nightclub.


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The proposals are to be unveiled to the community later in April, and are expected to include 370 apartments, alongside a new venue for club Cream and a performance space managed by collaborators from The Kazimier, which would relocate to another site.

The project, designed by Liverpool architect Falconer Chester Hall, will see the creation of new buildings ranging up to 10 storeys and a passageway through from Wolstenholme Square to Seel Street to improve the area's permeability.

The proposals, which include ground floor commercial space for cafes, restaurants and shops, club space and serviced and residential apartments, represent an investment of more than £40m should planning permission be granted.

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Baltic Village
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The third crane is currently going up on this development. Photo from Chris B on the Liverpool forum -

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Some photographic updates of certain developments taken today and Friday:

The Gypsy International student development on Byrom street:





....and just behind it you can see the green panels of the newly emerging Ablett House student/retail development on Great Crosshall Street:





...and a side view of The Ablett House development:



The X1 residential development on Sefton Street:

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Landscaping continues around the Brownlow Hill/Crown Place student development:








The Materials Innovation Factory on the university campus:





The new exhibition centre will be ready in September:







...and the attached Pullman Hotel will be ready next year:


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