So you actually got to go on the building site?
So you actually got to go on the building site?
Gididi Gididi Goo.
Also....HMV on Church Street is closing. The ground floor of the existing building will be knocked through from the front to the rear exosing a walkway/ new shopping arcade that will link Church Street with Paradise Street
TWO Liverpool agencies have joined forces to take on the marketing of the apartments in Grosvenor's Paradise Street development. more
Here's a very good PDF detailing the development with plans and pics. Checkout the walkway through HMV
or take an animated 'fly through'
It's looking great Kev I can't wait until this opens,that whole area has let this city down bad for years and come 2008 we will have a city we can be proud of.
LIVERPOOL'S famous George Henry Lee's building could be partly demolished by city centre developers Grosvenor, it was claimed last night. more
Some recent news:
Grosvenor on May 4th 2006 announced that Liverpool One, its £900 million retail-led regeneration of Liverpool city centre, has 55% of its floorspace committed to some of the UK's leading brands, two years ahead of opening in 2008.
New Look, Sports World, Virgin Megastores. JD/Nike and Scotts have all taken major space units (MSUs) located in prime locations throughout Liverpool One. They join anchors, John Lewis and Debenhams, who will occupy 240,000 sq ft and 185,000 sq ft flagship stores respectively.
Grosvenor's transformation of Liverpool city centre is creating a new frame of reference in the industry and retailers are seizing the opportunity to be part of this unique development at an early stage. Karen Millen, Office, Oasis, HMV, Barratts, Ernest Jones, Game, H Samuel, Superdrug, River Island, O2 and Orange have also committed to joining the anchors and MSUs at Liverpool One.
Upon completion, Liverpool One will feature four retail districts, 30 individually designed buildings, 1.4 million sq ft of retail space, a 14-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, 230,000 square feet of restaurants, cafés and bars, together with more than 600 new apartments, two hotels, offices, a revitalised five acre park, and new public transport interchange.
Each retail district will be imbued with a unique offer and atmosphere. The complementary and interconnecting districts have purposefully been designed to allow each to appeal to different types of consumers.
The MSUs will be located in Paradise Street and South John Street; the former being a chic European-style boulevard, designed to have particular appeal to fashion-conscious younger shoppers, and the latter being a family-orientated, shopping, eating, and leisure destination, with access to the park and the Waterfront.
The remaining two retail districts are Hanover Street, a lifestyle-focused destination with an informal, eclectic atmosphere, and Peter's Lane, a designer-led area, based around two small squares, narrow streets and an elegant covered arcade.
Neil Barber, Head of Retail Leasing at Grosvenor, is pleased by the industry's positive response to the development. Neil commented: "We are absolutely delighted by the commitment that Liverpool One is attracting from retailers. At what is still quite an early stage, we have been able to secure some of the key brands that will help characterise each of the development's retail districts. Our focus now is to attract those complementary and niche brands that will complete the individual look and feel of each district."
Graham Wood, Head of Property at Virgin Megastores, commented: "Grosvenor has taken an innovative and imaginative approach to creating a new retail environment for the city of Liverpool, and our early commitment is demonstrative of the confidence we have in the development's future success. Liverpool One will revolutionise the way in which the people of Liverpool and the wider North West area shop, live and relax. It is the kind of development that retailers such as ourselves have long been waiting for."
Geoff Green, Head of Group Property, Mosaic Fashions Group at Oasis, said: "We are delighted to be involved in the early stages of such a significant development as Liverpool One. Grosvenor will completely transform the retail offer in Liverpool, as well as making a significant contribution to the re-generation of the City Centre, and help to catapult the city back to the top of the retail hierarchy."
Commenting on the latest retailers to be announced, Cllr Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council said: "I am delighted, but not surprised, that top names are signing up for Liverpool One. It is one of the most exciting developments of its type being built, not only in UK, but throughout Europe. It continues to generate a real buzz about the city and it is transforming Liverpool's prospects as a retail centre. We can hardly wait for it to be complete."
Liverpool One is due to be completed in 2008, during Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture.
THIS photo captures the biggest change to our city since the Blitz.
The huge building site is the beating heart of the £920m Paradise Street project.
Cranes, lorries and hundreds of construction workers are busy creating shops, pavements and buildings behind hoardings.
This bird's eye view was taken from the top of the Lord Street headquarters of developer Grosvenor. Where now there are structures of steel and concrete, swish shops and wide boulevards in Liverpool's new shopping district will emerge.
Curious passers-by often stop to sneak a peak, through the site gates, at the hive of activity beyond.
A rare glimpse of the Anglican cathedral beyond is currently exposed to shoppers passing the site.
Vicki Locke, from construction firm Laing O'Rourke, said: "People do stop and have achat with the man on the gate. Theyare interested and curious about what is going on.
"We are currently in avery busy period and everyone is working extremely hard. The new John Lewis building is coming along really well.
"The whole development is moving quickly. We have hit every milestone, like the new car park and bus station, on time."
Two years ago a photo covering the same area would show the NCP Paradise Street car park, Moat House Hotel and shops.
These have all be consigned to the history books.
Now in the distance the new flagship John Lewis building, at the junction of Canning Place and Paradise Street, is taking shape, with the skeleton of the two tier shops on South John Street, to the right of the photo.
Elsewhere shopfitters are busy at work in the new BBC Radio Merseyside and Herberts of Liverpool headquarters.
As the year progresses the full height of the John Lewis building will be visible and the new Debenhams store will start to creep up over the height of the hoardings.
If you have been stuck in city centre traffic as a result of the construction traffic then take heart.
The first part of the £920m Paradise Project should be complete in autumn 2007, while the rest will be ready for the summer of 2008.
It will create a new 42-acre shopping centre, with more than 30 buildings divided into six districts, and a whole new chapter in Liverpool's history will begin.
THE architect who designed the world's tallest building has unveiled plans for an iconic tower block as part of Grosvenor's redevelopment of Liverpool.
US-based Cesar Pelli believes the 22-storey scheme opposite the Albert Dock will provide a stunning gateway to the £920m Grosvenor redevelopment. It will also form a key cornerstone of the new Chavasse Park on the Liverpool waterfront. The other corner plot will house a hotel and apartment block inspired by the famous Royal Crescent of Bath.
Grosvenor has submitted a formal planning application for both schemes after detailed discussions with English Heritage and other conservation and design agencies. The two Chavasse Park schemes will cost £100m, and the aim is to start work later this year and complete the buildings by 2008.
Argentine-born Mr Pelli was hired by Grosvenor as the master planner for the western part of the Paradise Street scheme and he created the park-in-the-sky idea for Chavasse Park with a massive below ground car park.
This is the first time his Connecticut practice has designed a building in Liverpool. Mr Pelli is best known for the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, at 452m, the highest building in the world when it was built in 1998.
City planning managers are now studying details of the two schemes before submission to the planning committee in the summer. The Pelli building will house 330 apartments as well as offices, with restaurants and cafes fronting Chavasse Park.
The building, with a concrete frame and steel and glass facade. will range in height from nine to 22 storeys, making it the tallest structure in the Paradise Street scheme.
Grosvenor's project manager for the two schemes, James Alderson said: "These two buildings will make a major contribution to Liverpool's great waterfront. They have been designed in consultation with English Heritage and other bodies because of the World Heritage site.
"The hotel will form a great crescent surrounding one part of Chavasse Park with restaurants and cafes facing the new park. It is not too dissimilar to the famous crescent at Bath." It is thought that the Hilton Group are in advanced negotiations to operate the 206-bedroom hotel. The building will also house 68 apartments, reached through a separate entrance.
William Butler, a partner in Pelli Clarke Pelli, said: "We are delighted to be working in Liverpool and Cesar has applied his well established philosophy to our building.
"It fully respects the nearby Three Graces and we believe will make a stunning addition to your waterfront.
"Our philosophy is to respond to the place, to the purpose and to the wishes of the client. It means that all Pelli Clarke Pelli buildings are unique because they are designed for a particular site. Our building and the crescent-shaped hotel building will form a fantastic frame for Chavasse Park."
The Cesar Pelli building will also have a 260-place car park reached through the entrance ramp to the public car park beneath Chavasse Park.
The Pelli team is working is working on the project with Liverpool architects Brock Carmichael. The hotel has been designed by London architect Michael Squire.
Grosvenor project director Rodney Holmes said: "We believe these two buildings will look magnificent along Wapping.
"The development is being promoted by Grosvenor, but there is a possibility of a dual partnership for one or both of the buildings. We are currently in detailed negotiations with a number of potential partners."
Lets, see - that is just in front of the LAw Courts I think....
Saw this on SSC Paul, thought I'd post it here:
That poor, dirty, filthy building that is The Halifax building needs demolishion. How did it ever get planning permission.
I was just about to post that and you beat me to it.
I like the way you can walk under it and it also has restaurants and bars with views of our new park.
Soz mate, it was so good I couldn't resistOriginally Posted by Paul D
Twas only joking It's fantastic isn't it I'm looking forward to seeing this one rise.Originally Posted by Kev
This is what Chavasse park will look like.
Here's what the almost completed Herbets will look like.
And John Lewis of course.
and this is how the new Debenhams will look,roll on 2008 when we have a shiny new city centre.
The new Odeon cinema sounds good as well because the 14 screen cinema occupies the top floors and the bottom floor has restaurants bars and cafes so this whole area will recieve a boost,especially with it being so close to the new Kings Dock arena.....Happy Days.
Yes that looks about right. Below is the 'finished' building - 30th May 2006.Originally Posted by Paul D
The real picture of Herbets looks better then the render I love it.I didn't realise how advanced the other building is,I think it's the new John Lewis building? excellent pictures A.D.
Excellent images. I walked, more like staggered down by Paradise Street in the early hours of this morning. Its brilliant round there now, coming along nicely
THE two brothers behind Liverpool shopping centre Quiggins are embroiled in a bitter legal wrangle which threatens to delay the £920m Grosvenor redevelopment of the city centre. more
Why does Herbert need a new building let alone making it look an tacky?Originally Posted by A.D.Williams
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He needed a new building because they needed to demolish were his old building was for this new development and everyone who's seen it seems to love it,it's very modern and colourful and that's what city centre's should be like IMO.
Too gold and girly though.Originally Posted by Paul D
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