Liverpool Central Station

This £160m shopping, residential and leisure development that will change the face of Liverpool city centre was submitted to planners recently.

The scheme, behind Central Station, will include a residential tower rising from 22 storeys to 38 at its peak. It will also include a top class hotel, shops, offices and 350 parking spaces. Joint developers Manchester-based Merepark and Irish firm Ballymore have handed plans for the 600,000 sqft project to Liverpool City Council.

Discussions have been held with regeneration agencies Liverpool Vision and English Heritage, and the city council, and are confident the scheme will be approved. Virtual Planit presented their city wide model to council as part of the consultation on selecting impact views.

Merepark director Richard Peel said “This is a cutting-edge scheme which will further enhance Liverpool’s appeal as a visitor destination and as a place to live. We have consulted extensively with Liverpool Vision, English Heritage, CABE, and the city council, and our application has taken on board much constructive input from them.”

Another Merepark executive, Bob Ross, said: “The scheme is about enhancing how Liverpool looks, feels and functions so we’ve designed a beautiful new public square into our proposals.”

Virtual Planit provided the Visual Impact Assessment which incorporated 65 views, and much detailed work to provide a very important part of the planning application.

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