Liverpool is growing and the ‘regeneration scheme’, as it is being called, is leading the way. The Knowledge Quarter is the flagship regeneration scheme but there is much more happening. Investment and development in science and technology buildings are also playing a large part, as is the new cruise ship facility. It’s exciting times in Liverpool. A Master is necessary so that all of the different developments will tie into and complement each other.
Liverpool City Council is looking for experienced planning experts to independently produce a spatial regeneration framework for the Knowledge Quarter Gateway (KQG) which will look at connecting the city centre to the scheme, with a focus on redeveloping Lime Street area around the Adelphi Hotel. KQG will be the first impression of the larger Knowledge Quarter (KQ) Mayoral Development Zone. Key to the report will be dovetailing the proposals from Liverpool John Moores University on its Copperas Hill site, plans for the Fabric District, Merseytravel’s plans for Central Station and various private sector schemes.
KQ Liverpool, which currently employs 7 per cent of the city’s workforce, will include the redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant Car Park area. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter is redefining this city’s economy but what is most exciting is its fantastic potential for growth over the coming decade to become a world leading economic engine. The gateway area is the final piece in the jigsaw that will connect the site to the rest of the city centre and complete the wider regeneration of Lime Street. Its impact cannot be underestimated and I look forward to seeing the proposals take shape over the coming year.”
Colin Sinclair, chief executive of KQ Liverpool, said: “The phenomenal growth of KQ Liverpool, along with the ongoing regeneration of Lime Street, has shone the spotlight on KQ Gateway. It represents one of the greatest development opportunities in the UK and, along Paddington Village, will have a major impact on the city’s economy, creating thousands of jobs, in science, tech, health, education, retail and leisure. The SRF will truly allow us to plan a world-class development, enabling Liverpool to compete with any city in Europe.”
The Knowledge Quarter Development Company will be responsible for updating the area’s facilities in the two sectors and providing workspace and lab developments as the city moves to consolidate its position as a “world-class innovation district”. The special purpose vehicle (SPV) is being created by Liverpool City Council, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, which will each be equal partners in the new venture. It will operate alongside the current KQ Liverpool strategic board.
Keep an eye of the development of a £50m cruise ship facility which has been dubbed as one of the city’s most important regeneration projects of the decade. Upon completion, Liverpool will have the capacity to welcome the world’s largest cruise ships to its UNESCO World Heritage-listed waterfront.