£50m Baltic Tower to go ahead

PLANNING permission has been granted for a £50m mid-rise tower in Liverpool’s Baltic neighbourhood.

The go-ahead for developer Elliot Group follows a collaborative design review with Liverpool council and Historic England.

The Falconer Chester Hall-designed scheme, on land previously used for parking between Norfolk Street and Watkinson Street, overlooks the city’s south docks and its new exhibition centre.

It was the subject of review to ensure it protected views of Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral, a process developer Elliot Lawless described as “highly constructive.”

“Credit to Liverpool council,” said Lawless. “They managed the process in a very consensual way which enabled all parties to derive benefits from it. We were put on our mettle but the result is a better scheme for the city.

“We’re delighted with the outcome of today’s planning hearing, not just for the consent itself but because it gives us greater clarity with regards to how the council will view possible future proposals from us in Baltic.”

The development will include 253 apartments in two linked blocks of 15 and 14 storeys, together with an entrepreneurial hub at ground floor to provide space for the area’s burgeoning start-up scene.

The scheme is Elliot Group’s third on Norfolk Street, with two other developments totaling 256 apartments and studios, plus 6,000 sq ft of office space helping transform what was once a street of run-down warehouses in to a thriving mixed-use zone.  

The two other projects are ahead of schedule and this third development will use the same main contractor, Newry Construction.

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