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From the Echo -

15-year masterplan for regeneration of Liverpool’s Islington gateway

LIVERPOOL’S Islington district is in line for a multi-million pound facelift over the next decade.

There are plans to transform up to 1.5m square metres of land with hotels, houses and offices in a bid to revamp one of the main routes into the city.

The council and developer Downing hope that the growing demand for high-quality student accommodation and the need for homes for ‘key workers’ like nurses and doctors will help stimulate the project.

If successful, the masterplan will contribute towards a complete rebirth of the district, which is also in line for a £400m-plus rebuild of the Royal hospital.

Council divisional development manager Peter Skates said: “We’ve found our way through the difficulties and we think there’s enough confidence in this market now.

“These are still challenging times but I think there is an opportunity to get momentum back into the development of Islington.”

The plans, originally conceived in 2005, were shelved in 2007, when it became difficult to raise finance for the scheme because of the credit crunch.

And for businesses already trading in the area, the lack of regeneration was accompanied by lack of custom and falling sales.

Tom Boardman, of the Furniture Factory in Devon Street – which is in line for redevelopment as student accommodation – said: “It’s definitely suffered from under-investment round here.

“A lot of places have closed down. At one time it was quite busy round here but now there’s no footfall, it became quiet about five or six years ago and got gradually worse.”

Council cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Malcolm Kennedy said: “This scheme stalled under the previous administration and we’ve been looking to work with businesses to re-start it.

“This is an increasingly important area for growth for the city.”

The plan is to phase the development so that businesses whose premises are required can be relocated until the new developments are built.

Although the project will take up to 15 years, it is anticipated that the first works in Devon Street could begin within the year, with a hotel on the corner of Islington and Norton Street to follow.

A Downing spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Article continues here - http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/live...iverpool-s-islington-gateway-100252-31962120/

Sounds good. For such a major throughfare, Islington and its immediate surrounding area does feel rather under-developed.
 

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The Islington area reminds me of a similar location in Newcastle. Just over the Tyne bridge, before youturn left up to Fenham. Although other areas need addressing first e.g. Lime St, Renshaw St, Berry St, Brownlow Hill etc, this is still good news. Glad to hear that people aren't forgetting about the area. In 15 years time, if this comes off the city centre will feel a lot bigger.
 

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I suppose this coming back on the agenda was only natural given its proximity to the BioCampus and the new hospital, it's nice seeing some progression here, I thought this one was gone for good.
 

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The gap between the traffic lanes at on Islington is a waste of space that could be better used.

Maybe they could bring the lanes closer together and free up space for development, which in turn could encourage community cohesion.
 

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Urbed developed a Design and Public Realm Framework for the Knowledge Quarter back in 2007 which included suggestions for the Islington area.

Primarily their analysis of the area identified that the urban fabric of the area has been eroded over the past 45 years- particularly in the 1960's and 70's, subsequently making a number of recommendations to "repair" the location.

all of these grass verges should be redeveloped with apartments built on them.

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Urbeds Framework also suggested creating a boulevard along Islington, with buildings being constructed on the grass verges you mention.

Find the Framework here:

http://www.urbed.coop/projects/liverpool-knowledge-quarter
 

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The gap between the traffic lanes at on Islington is a waste of space that could be better used.

Maybe they could bring the lanes closer together and free up space for development, which in turn could encourage community cohesion.
I've thought that for a long time too. If the lanes could be moved as far out as possible it would create a lot of space which could be better linked to the city centre.

The coach station could be made bigger and better, and that area would be good for buses too. I'd rather see buses that go north, go from there rather than Queen's Square (and isn't a train station a possibility there as a tunnel passes under?).
 

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Urbed developed a Design and Public Realm Framework for the Knowledge Quarter back in 2007 which included suggestions for the Islington area.

Primarily their analysis of the area identified that the urban fabric of the area has been eroded over the past 45 years- particularly in the 1960's and 70's, subsequently making a number of recommendations to "repair" the location.



Urbeds Framework also suggested creating a boulevard along Islington, with buildings being constructed on the grass verges you mention.

Find the Framework here:

http://www.urbed.coop/projects/liverpool-knowledge-quarter
I hope they don't plan on altering the layout of Ilsington as the central green section with the hills and nicely maturing trees is really nice and would serve as a unique and interesting central space. Just developing the 2 sides of the space would be ideal, starightening the road and bringing the 2 carriageways together would be a waste and poiintless. It would only make the road poorer visually and as an urban space. That central area acts as a nice transition/buffer between the residential Everton side and the city centre side.
That site of the old carwash is ideal for a statement/landmark building to anchor the redevelopment of the street.
 

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The gap between the traffic lanes at on Islington is a waste of space that could be better used.

Maybe they could bring the lanes closer together and free up space for development, which in turn could encourage community cohesion.
When you look at the arieal view there is loads of potential there for buildings,or maybe just some lane streamlining and tidy up would be an improvement.
 

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The only reason I would contemplate keeping the wide central reservation in islington is if the trams were ever going to be a serious proposition I.e. a system serving 4-5 eastern corridors into the city. Otherwise it acts as a barrier to proper integration between the residential and commercial areas as is the case with most ring roads. Wide open areas have their appeal but can only really work in a city-centre where both sides have equal activity status. This is not an O'connel street piercing a centre.... it is an inner ring road. A far better "buffer" for the neighbouring residential area would be mixed high density residential and commercial blocks on the northside with more commercially specialised blocks on the eastern side with a large retail element. In fact I think project jenifer should be in here. Thhis would have the effect of reinvigorating London Rd too which used to have a massive local population on its door step. Perhaps the new hospital should be on this road too.
 

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If it was up to me I would actually do away with Islington/New Islington and connect the end of Leeds Street with the end of West Derby Road, which might allow St. Anne Street and Shaw Street to become properly connected city centre streets.
 

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Interesting idea!
Any chance of a sketch of how you'd do it?
Only on paper I'm afraid, I'm not well up on computer-drawing-tingys. However I've just downloaded a couple of paint-like programs that I'll have a go on. Bare with me and hopefully I'll get one up.

The way I see it, Shaw Street and St. Anne Street are permanently severed from town by Islington/New Islington, so why not at least allow them a partial connection to town which would also benefit the area of Islington and give it a chance at being a proper district (as it once was from the looks of some of the old photos I've seen).
 

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Only on paper I'm afraid, I'm not well up on computer-drawing-tingys. However I've just downloaded a couple of paint-like programs that I'll have a go on. Bare with me and hopefully I'll get one up.

The way I see it, Shaw Street and St. Anne Street are permanently severed from town by Islington/New Islington, so why not at least allow them a partial connection to town which would also benefit the area of Islington and give it a chance at being a proper district (as it once was from the looks of some of the old photos I've seen).
I take screenshots in Google Earth then draw over them in Photoshop.

Had a go of plotting Gazman Avenue :lol: http://pablodiablo90.tumblr.com/post/33108994712/islington-green-new-boulevard-connecting-leeds
 

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I'm not to sure how this would effect your idea, but the long term plan is to connect Leeds Street to St Anne Street.

A long term aspiration of the CCMS is the creation of a new strategic link between Leeds Street
and St Anne Street, which will remove extraneous traffic from the Cultural Quarter. This will
connect John Moores University into the fabric of the City Centre
Page 36 of the Public Realm Framework, November 2011. http://www.liverpoolvision.co.uk/Docs/DownloadDocs/257LCC_PRIF_2011_FULL_REDUCED.pdf

In terms of sketching/ drawing, Google Sketchup is fairly good and free to download. It does take some time getting used to, however.
 

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I take screenshots in Google Earth then draw over them in Photoshop.

Had a go of plotting Gazman Avenue :lol: http://pablodiablo90.tumblr.com/post/33108994712/islington-green-new-boulevard-connecting-leeds
Haha cheers Pablo. That's pretty much exactly what I had in mind; Islington restored to what it was, a couple of nice big city streets in St. Anne and Shaw, and also lots more space to put lots more things in. I would also try to move the Erskine industrial estate.

That great building that is now apartments at the town end of Shaw Street would be even better if it were truly part of town.

I'm not to sure how this would effect your idea, but the long term plan is to connect Leeds Street to St Anne Street.

Page 36 of the Public Realm Framework, November 2011. http://www.liverpoolvision.co.uk/Docs/DownloadDocs/257LCC_PRIF_2011_FULL_REDUCED.pdf

In terms of sketching/ drawing, Google Sketchup is fairly good and free to download. It does take some time getting used to, however.
That's good to hear from my point of view.

I just downloaded that along with Paintbrush, but so far haven't worked out how to import a screenshot of Google Earth so I can draw all over it. Could you tell me how?
 
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