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Green light for £130m Heap’s Rice Mill scheme

A £130 million scheme to transform Heap’s Rice Mill in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle has been granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council.

The scheme by One Park Lane Ltd includes 800 news homes, 12,000 sq ft of leisure and retail units and a new public square named Baltic Square. It includes the retention of much of the façade of Heap’s Rice Mill, which was listed by English Heritage after an initial application was submitted to demolish the building.

Work on the development is expected to begin in Spring 2015, according to the developer. It comprises four new blocks including 16, 14 and 12-storey buildings and the Rice Mill.

Developer Elliot Lawless says: “A lot of credit is due to Liverpool council for their advisory role and their responsiveness.  We were working under tight deadlines because of our funders’ needs and they pulled out all the stops to ensure a scheme which respects and preserves this lovely old building.

“Our objective is to be on site by the Spring so that we can bring this prominent site back into use as soon as possible.”

Project architect Adam Hall of Falconer Chester Hall, adds: “The scheme will open up the space in front of the mills as they’ve been partially hidden from the public, who’ll now have the opportunity to enjoy buildings that are emblematic of their era.  They’ll love Baltic Square, too, which has all sorts of nods to the area’s previous function as a centre for rice milling.  It’s a cracking scheme and I’m looking forward to seeing it completed.”