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Knowledge Quarter unveils new transport and public space visions

A vision for a new transport link and a major public space enhancing connections to Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) has been unveiled.

The proposals are featured in Spatial Masterplan and Transport Vision documents which have been released in London today to coincide with the city’s MIPIM UK property exhibition.

KQ Liverpool is aiming to attract a new “high-tech, eco-friendly transport system” connecting the city centre to the universities, hospitals and Paddington Village development via Brownlow Hill.

With the working title of the ‘Lime Line’, the link is said to hold the potential to significantly improve ‘last mile’ uphill journeys for patients, medical professionals, academics, students, staff and other visitors.

KQ Liverpool is calling for global innovation technology firms to come forward and collaborate on what it describes as a ‘24-hour transit system’.

The mode of transport isn’t specified however the Transport Vision refers back to electric trams which operated across Liverpool city centre during the 20th Century, serving areas including Brownlow Hill and Mount Pleasant.

The report says the “fundamental aspiration for transit remains much the same”, adding: “KQ Liverpool is seeking to establish itself as an internationally significant place of innovation – this innovation should be reflected in our transport systems.

“Through the research done at our world-class universities and the work being done at places like Sensor City, we can truly lead the way nationally on cutting edge technology, like driver-less vehicles.”

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KQ Liverpool’s ‘Lime Line’ vision.

Recommendations for improved cycle and walking routes and car parking facilities in the area are also put forward in the document, which has been created by Mott McDonald in collaboration with Liverpool City Council and the universities.

Meanwhile a shared vision for new public space called ‘Lime Square’ (main picture) has also been revealed, and would see a major overhaul of the crossroads adjacent to the Adelphi Hotel and former Lewis’ building to create a “world class and distinctly Liverpudlian” gateway point.

The Spatial Masterplan, devised on behalf of KQ Liverpool by K2 Architects and HOW Planning, outlines the need to blur the lines between the distinct communities and neighbourhoods of the Knowledge Quarter to create a cohesive space and an exemplar destination for people to live, work and play.

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of KQ Liverpool, says: “Creating a world-class innovation district and making that space more accessible to everyone go hand in hand, which is why we have unveiled these two visionary frameworks simultaneously today.

“KQ Liverpool has made huge strides in the past year and we are confident that our world-leading strengths in fighting infection and disease, materials chemistry and high performance & cognitive computing; in education, health, science and technology, as well as our superb cultural assets including the cathedrals, the Everyman and Liverpool Philharmonic on Hope Street, can help us to attract leading academics, doctors, scientists and innovators from across the globe.

“We are actively seeking innovators to come and collaborate with us on the detail of our vision and we are particularly excited about exploring new ideas with global technology companies, as we bid to deliver the world-leading transport solution.”