Plans in for £100m Liverpool residential development

A visualisation of the proposed scheme

A planning application has been submitted to Liverpool City Council by Maro Developments for a large residential-led mixed-use development, worth £100m,.

The proposed scheme is planned for an island site south of Liverpool city centre, between the southern edge of Brunswick Dock, home of Liverpool Marina, and the sea lock.

The plans for new dock and riverside residencies are led by architects Fletcher-Rae, comprising a total of 552 dwellings, consisting of a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and duplex units.

The development consists of four separate buildings varying in height from seven storeys to 12, totalling more than 500,000 sq ft, and is linked by landscaped garden piazzas, set above secure enclosed car parking.

The piazzas will provide children’s play-space, recreational space and views out to the River Mersey and Marina.

The individual buildings have a distinctive layering of materials with a random array of windows and openings which aim to achieve a camouflaged ‘dazzle ship’ effect from a distance which pays homage to Liverpool’s maritime history.

Co-founder of Fletcher-Rae, Andrew Rae, said: “The proposed buildings are arranged to elevate residences to ensure that all residents have attractive views across the Mersey and adjacent Marina.

“A strong identity for the landmark site has been developed which also looks to create powerful links with the immediate public realm by introducing mixed-use public spaces that connect with water-front footpaths and cycleways.

“The rich maritime and industrial history of Liverpool’s southern docks has shaped the form and materials embodied in the masterplan for Brunswick Quay – the proposed design of the buildings and landscaping take cues from this industrial past and are integrated into a simple palette of materials.”

The planning application incorporates retail and commercial units at the ground floor of the buildings along the riverside

“Throughout the design process, the project team has worked in close collaboration with Liverpool City Council planning & highways departments, Historic England and The Canals & Rivers Trust to ensure the proposal is fully considered.

“A key design emphasis is the integration of the scheme with its waterfront setting offering a better opportunity for the public to gain access to the site and for the site to provide improved amenities for the users of the River Mersey frontage, the Marina and future proposed waterway transportation within the dock system.

“A great deal of work has gone into preserving the setting of the Anglican Cathedral when viewed from across the river and the World Heritage Site status of the Liverpool waterfront whilst also linking to nearby residential, commercial and cultural areas.”

Maro Developments is a North West-based development company with strong links to Liverpool and the wider Merseyside city region through past and present projects in Liverpool, Knowsley and nearby Warrington and Southport.

The project’s design team consists of: Hannans (Building Services); Abacus (Cost Consultant); Integra (Structural Engineers); Mott Macdonald (Highways); Roman Summer (Planning); Open (Landscape Architects); Graeme Ives (Heritage)

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