RopeWalks is a unique area of the City Centre, characterised by the concentration of 19th century warehouses and merchants houses. Much of the street pattern and built fabric is the same today as it was 200 years ago. The long, narrow streets were at one time used to bind rope, and are still the defining characteristic of the area.
Since the early 1990s, RopeWalks has developed as a centre for Liverpools night-time economy and creative industries. Many businesses operating within RopeWalks are drawn from media, publishing, design and communications sectors.
RopeWalks has established itself as part of the city centre living phenomena. Many historic buildings have now been refurbished as apartments and there have been significant amounts of new build on gap sites in the area. An active residential community is now established in the area.
Although the area has been transformed in recent years, a significant number of important sites and buildings still require development and refurbishment. To continue the momentum of regeneration, Liverpool Vision has prepared a Phase 2 Action Plan for RopeWalks. The Action Plan identifies priorities for investment and sets out advice on the delivery of schemes.
To complement the Phase 2 Action Plan, Liverpool Vision has worked closely with Liverpool City Council and other partners to complete the RopeWalks Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The RopeWalks SPD sets out guidance on the form, scale, use and design of new development in RopeWalks, to ensure that the area continues to develop as a distinctive and diverse quarter of the city. The document was adopted by the City Council in December 2005, to guide development in the area.
To view the RopeWalks Supplementary Planning Document click on the link below:
I've been looking at various images of the redevelopment of the RopeWalks area and have picked some to share with you. Your own will be appreciated. Pics found on the SSC web site from various members.