A SECOND attempt is to be made to develop the Brunswick Quay site on Liverpool’s waterfront following the scrapping of a 50-storey skyscraper scheme.
Now developers Ollerton Developments – the new name for previous site owners Maro - have come forward with a vibrant and imaginative mixed-use scheme.
They say their multi-million pound scheme could transform Brunswick Quay waterfront in Liverpool into a public destination.
Instead of the original plan for a huge tower designed by architect Ian Simpson, architects at Studio Egret West plan a series of cylindrical towers topped with roof gardens.
A combination of homes, a spa, bars and restaurants are planned for the site in what is described as a striking development alongside
the river. The development would also create jobs with a café, grocery store and office space adding to the commercial element of the scheme.
Jamey Hargreaves, speaking on behalf of the developers, Ollerton Developments, last night told the Daily Post: “The property mix will comprise apartments of various styles and sizesŠtogether with a substantial number of flexible family homes, as well as commercial space.
“We wanted a scheme that made a clear statement about our desire to create something imaginative and compelling and we feel that Studio Egret West have delivered that.
“We believe our proposals set this development apart from others in the city in the way they provide access to Liverpool’s greatest natural resource – the river.
“Our intention has always been to make this a destination in its own right, not just a place to live, and by opening up the waterfront, creating a public spa and including restaurants, a cafe and bars we will achieve that.”
Christophe Egret, partner at Studio Egret West, said: “We are investigating an original form of development that physically opens up the views to the river Mersey and Liverpool while providing a destination at the edge of the city centre that will be conducive to family life. We look forward to working with Maro to bring our shared vision to fruition.’’
Ollerton Developments is the new name for Maro Developments. The name change follows previous changes in the company’s management structure.
Maro, part owned by Matalan founder John Hargreaves, first put forward a development plan several years ago. It led to a public inquiry with the then local government minister Ruth Kelly dismissing the appeal and refusing planning permission.
In January Maro parted company with Mr Simpson, who also designed Manchester’s tallest building, the 50-storey Beetham Tower on Deansgate.
The Daily Post understands that the new architects and Ollerton executives have been involved in detailed discussions with city planning officers. There have also been meetings with local people as part of a consultation exercise