A major performance space with the UK’s first revolving auditorium will be at the heart of Liverpool’s new creative quarter.
The venue is part of the multi-million pound ‘Ten Streets’ vision which is to be unveiled by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson today (2 February).
Mayor Anderson will tell an audience of creative entrepreneurs and city stakeholders that the Ten Streets district represents “an opportunity of a lifetime to redefine Liverpool’s future as a creative powerhouse of the 21st Century”.
The vision for the district, which contains a mix of historic dock warehousing and industrial buildings, is for an area where tech companies, digital businesses and creative enterprises can flourish alongside artistic organisations.
Other key elements include adding new squares and public spaces and making Ten Streets, which covers 125 acres of former dockland between the northern edge of the city centre and the Tobacco warehouse at Stanley Dock, an exemplar neighbourhood for renewable energy.
It’s hoped Ten Streets will complement other employment areas like the Knowledge Quarter, the commercial district and Liverpool Waters.
The Ten Streets vision is being launched to engage local businesses, stakeholders and the wider public in a debate about the area’s future.
At this stage, there are no detailed proposals and work on a masterplan for Ten Streets will be informed by the ideas, comments and feedback generated during the month-long consultation campaign.
The next phase of work for Ten Streets will be undertaken by Paris-based architectural practice AWP whose work includes the 365-acre strategic masterplan for the Paris Central Business District.
Alessandra Cianchetta, AWP’s founding partner, says: “We are delighted to be part of the Ten Streets project and to have the opportunity to work in such a unique, fascinating and historic area blending old and new, treasuring Liverpool’s history and past and looking forward to the future will be a wonderful experience. We look forward to fostering a lively exchange of ideas which will help shape the physical framework to generate economic and intellectual growth.”
Two days of public consultation at the Titanic Hotel and at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) will follow the launch with an exhibition on display outlining the key aims and ideas for Ten Streets.
Visitors can view the exhibition on 3 February between 12 noon and 7pm and 5 February between 10am and 4pm at the Titanic Hotel.
It will then move to FACT where it will be open on 8 February and 10 February between 12 noon and 7pm.