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New-look vision for site formerly known as New Chinatown moves forward

Great George Street Developments has submitted revised plans to transform the Liverpool site formerly known as New Chinatown.

A vision for a new neighbourhood of residents and businesses between the city’s existing Baltic Triangle and Georgian Quarter has been unveiled.

The Great George Street Project will see work resume this winter on phase one, which comprises 117 apartments and 4,122 sq ft of commercial space, in line with previous planning consent for the site.

The new team behind the regeneration of the five-acre plot has, however, redesigned phase two and three of the scheme in a bid to ‘align more closely with the city’s strategic aspirations and better connect and relate to adjacent districts’.

If planning permission is given by Liverpool City Council, work could begin on those stages of the project by spring 2019.

The latest proposals include the transformation of Great George Street itself to create a linear park and landscaped public spaces along what is a key route into the city centre.

The new-look phases two and three stages could bring approximately 466 largely one, two and three-bedroom apartments, 37 town houses, and 60,547 sq ft of commercial space for shops, restaurants and bars to the site.

In addition, 45,026 sq ft of office space is proposed along with the development of a new 144-bed hotel and 427 underground car parking spaces for residents and guests.

Key changes from the previous plans include new green space and public areas, with a square which could host public events such as markets and cultural performances, as well as changes to the architectural style of the proposed development.

The office space is also a new addition, and planned ground floor commercial units are larger.

New Chinatown, Great George Street Developments

Revised plans have been submitted for phases two and three.

Commenting on the revised proposals, which follow a public consultation earlier in the year, Neil Hunter, development director for Great George Street Developments, says: “We think the design approach, which uses a lot of brick and exposed ironwork in construction, is sympathetic to the character of the Baltic Quarter and the backdrop of the cathedral, giving the scheme a distinctive character.

“The new open spaces, trees and landscaping will also make the development feel unlike anything else in the city centre.

“Ultimately, we want to create an inclusive neighbourhood which will become a destination for young enterprises and established businesses alike, as well as a home for people of all ages and family circumstances.

“We’re particularly interested in how we might attract local start-ups and businesses which might be outgrowing their existing space or looking for new co-working and venue opportunities.

“We believe we have significantly improved the quality of the scheme by introducing office space, larger commercial space and a more diverse mix of residential, including family homes.”

Great George Street Developments is said to have engaged closely with key stakeholders including Liverpool City Council and Historic England to refine their plans.

Advisors to the new project include Arup, Brock Carmichael architects, JMW, CBRE and Planit-IE.