Upper Central will attract investment and become a magnet for the digital, tech and creative sectors with the aim of achieving three key goals:-
A vibrant new city centre district that can accommodate a mix of uses that blurs the boundaries between surrounding districts, with 2.5m sq.ft of new development opportunities and up to 7,000 new jobs.
A new sustainable, walkable and recognisable gateway location within the city, promoting pedestrian movement, permeability, increased dwell time and a positive first impression to millions of residents and visitors arriving into the city centre at Lime Street or Central stations.
An exemplary mix of modern design and iconic historic buildings set within high quality public realm that creates a sense of place, distinctly Liverpudlian and attractive to residents, visitors occupiers and investors.
Led by a team of independent experts, the draft SRF has looked at how best to redevelop the Lime Street area around the Adelphi Hotel, Central Station and Mount Pleasant whilst dovetailing Liverpool John Moores University’s Copperas Hill site, plans for the Fabric District and various private sector schemes such as Circus Liverpool in the Lewis’s building.
To achieve this future development and investment, the draft Upper Central SRF focuses on eight key themes:
Creation of a true gateway to KQ Liverpool and a new destination within the city
Improving pedestrian experience and links to the rest of the city centre
Blending a mix of uses to create a quality of place and identity
High quality design, appropriate height, scale and massing and landmark buildings
Provision of high-quality infrastructure
Holistic view of development context, creating a new city district
Preserving and enhancing heritage assets
Collaboration and delivery with pace
The draft SRF presents a vision, key themes and development principles for six character areas within the SRF boundary as well as a design code and illustrative spatial masterplan to guide the future development of the Upper Central framework area.
A major aspiration identified in the draft SRF is how to create a super crossing at Ranelagh Place, a new pedestrian experience along Renshaw Street and to promote a new pedestrian route to Lime Street Station from Copperas Hill.
This will allow for improved access to the Fabric District and Paddington Village, the councils £1bn health, life sciences, education and technology flagship development and ensure a connection from the heart of the city centre, Liverpool One and the main retail area.
Once approved by the council’s cabinet, it is intended the SRF will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document once Liverpool’s Local Plan is endorsed in early 2021. It will then be used to guide all future planning applications in the area and provide developers with detailed information of desired design and build issues including height, scale and massing of buildings.