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Green light for multi-million pound Metquarter transformation

A multi-million pound regeneration of Liverpool’s Metquarter has been given the go-ahead.

Liverpool City Council has approved plans which will see the Whitechapel shopping centre repositioned as the city’s “premium retail and restaurant destination”.

Owner Queensberry Real Estate, which acquired the shopping centre in January 2016, submitted a detailed planning application for the transformation in July 2017.

The regeneration will include the introduction of a boutique cinema operated by Everyman Cinemas alongside a new anchor food and drink offer at the Victoria Street end of the former post office.

Proposed revamp viewed facing Victoria Street / K2 Architects

The Metquarter’s integration with Victoria Street and the new multi-storey car park currently being constructed on the road is central to Queensberry’s plans for boosting footfall.

A document included with the planning application says: “The Victoria Street entrance from the upper ground will become more prominent over the next couple of years following the council’s upgrade of Victoria Street and the opening of the new multi-storey car park.

Proposed public realm on Victoria Street / K2 Architects

“Part of the Metquarter proposals look at creating cantilevered terraces from the new restaurants fronting Victoria Street to help animate and connect better with the internal and external spaces, in turn generating the offer and increasing footfall.”

Opened in 2006, the Metquarter is currently home to brands such as MAC, Hugo Boss, Illamasqua, Jack Wills, Carluccio’s and Jo Malone.

Proposed internal space facing Whitechapel / K2 Architects