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    Post Liverpool Skyscraper Boom Over?

    The head of Liverpool's new economic development company has admitted the recent boom in skyscrapers across the city is over.

    Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, Jim Gill warned that the threat of a recession is frightening off developers from pressing on with high rise schemes in the Capital of Culture host city.

    He told the paper: 'In the current economic climate, I would be very surprised if any new tower actually got under way in the sort of timetables we have seen over the past few years.

    'It's not like building a traditional housing estate where the house builder can move development forward in blocks of three, four or five houses.'

    Gill has recently become chief of the all new Liverpool Vision superquango made up of the city's three main development and business organisations Business Liverpool, the Liverpool Land Development Company and the exisitng Liverpool Vision.

    His comments have been generally supported by city's main business players. Frank Mckenna ,of commercial lobby group Downtown Liverpool in Business, said: 'Gill is very knowledgeable about development and regeneration and I do not necessarily disagree with him.

    'But we have got to be careful though and not throw the baby out with the bathwater – we could be in danger of talking ourselves into a recession.'


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    He added, however, that architects in the city were as busy as ever before but 'may be doing other things' than high rise developments.

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    What is the point in Gill saying this? Doesn't that statement just make his job harder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    The head of Liverpool's new economic development company has admitted the recent boom in skyscrapers across the city is over.

    Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, Jim Gill warned that the threat of a recession is frightening off developers from pressing on with high rise schemes in the Capital of Culture host city.

    He told the paper: 'In the current economic climate, I would be very surprised if any new tower actually got under way in the sort of timetables we have seen over the past few years.
    What also frightens them off is the fiasco of the iconic Brunswick Quay Tower rejection. Brunswick Quay Tower Rejection A total of one billion in investment that dragged on and on for years and the company lost a fortune and lots of time too making very serious world-class proposal. What city would turn down that sort of project?

    Others see that and don't even consider the city. They want to go to a dynamic go-ahead place to invest their money. They want to have excellent co-operation and prior advice from the city, then get planning permission quickly, then get the place built ASAP to get a return, together with public investment on infrastructure, particularly rapid transport.

    The LibDems were responsible for that rejection, in a city which was starved of investment for 30 years - you get as much as you can while you can as it never lasts. Beggars can't be choosers. What were they doing? What was in their tiny minds? They must be voted out for a more dynamic council - instead of the in-fighting shambles we have had for years and years.
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    I don't by any means think it's over, but I do think it is slowing down. Lets not forget that we still have the king edward tower, plot 3a princes dock and shanghai tower to come plus the central docks plan by peel in the distant future.
    I do think that the council are now more willing to approve high rise schemes since the brunswick tower incident. They have since abandoned their tall building policy which only allowed tall buildings in certain areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK1 View Post
    . They have since abandoned their tall building policy which only allowed tall buildings in certain areas.
    But they have replaced it with a policy that demands a set number of parking spaces per each residential unit, a more devious and sunning way of limiting their number.

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    Insufficient parking has always been a reason for them to reject an application whatever the size or type of the building.
    Last edited by RoddersUK; 03-17-2008 at 04:36 PM.

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