A newly branded area of Liverpool, with potential to create 2.5 million sq ft of new development space creating an estimated 7,000 jobs over the coming decade, is to be launched next month.
Upper Central – covering 56 acres in the heart of Liverpool city centre – is to be the subject of a draft masterplan to create an international standard gateway site to a £2bn flagship regeneration scheme.
Running from Central Station to Liverpool Science Park and Lime Street to Bold Street, Upper Central is seen as key to the future development of the city’s blossoming Knowledge Quarter (KQ Liverpool); focusing on becoming a magnet for digital, tech and creative sectors.
Liverpool City Council, which recently acquired Central Station shopping centre and is overseeing public realm proposals for St George’s Plateau, as part of the £45m city centre connectivity scheme, has also set out an ambition to redevelop the Mount Pleasant Car Park area to create an international standard gateway for the KQ Liverpool Mayoral Development Zone which currently employs 7% of the city’s workforce.
The council is also currently developing the £1bn Paddington Village scheme in the heart of the development zone and has identified the need to ensure development continues apace through to the retail district of the city centre.
Once approved by the council’s cabinet, the SRF will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document to guide all future planning applications in the area and provide developers with detailed information of design and build issues including height, scale and massing of buildings.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “Upper Central is vital to this city’s economic future and such is the scale of its potential it will be a huge employer for generations to come.
“This gateway project is now the final piece in the jigsaw to connect the site to the rest of the city centre and complete the wider regeneration of Lime Street, Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill. Its impact cannot be underestimated and I’m sure this draft SRF report will create a much needed debate about how we ensure the future growth of this hugely important area.”