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‘Super team’ to shape masterplan for Knowledge Quarter Gateway

A “super team” of planning experts has been appointed to develop a masterplan for the Knowledge Quarter Gateway (KQG) site in Liverpool.

The three-strong consortium will be tasked with looking at how best to redevelop the Lime Street area around the Adelphi Hotel, Central Station and Mount Pleasant.

GVA HOW Planning (strategic planning and consultation lead), K2 Architects (masterplanning and architecture lead), and Planit-IE (placemaking and landscape lead), were selected following a major tendering exercise.

The three companies will each independently develop a Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) for the KQG which covers more than 56 acres within the city centre.

The team will aim to dovetail plans for the Lime Street area with proposals from Liverpool John Moores University on its Copperas Hill site, plans for the Fabric District, Merseytravel’s proposals for Central Station and various private sector schemes such as Circus Liverpool at the old Lewis’s building.

The council, which recently acquired Central Station shopping centre and is overseeing public realm proposals for St George’s Plateau, has also set out an ambition to redevelop the Mount Pleasant Car Park area to create an “international standard” gateway for the KQ Liverpool Mayoral Development Zone.

The owners of the Lewis’s building want to turn the landmark into a shopping and leisure centre.

Mott Macdonald (transport); GVA (property advisory services); Rob Burns (heritage); and Enfusion (strategic environmental assessment), will act as supporting consultants on the project.

The council, which is also currently developing the £1 billion Paddington Village scheme in the heart of the development zone, has timetabled the submission of the final SRF report by spring 2019.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “The Knowledge Quarter Gateway is vital to this city’s economic future and such is the scale of its potential it will be a huge employer for generations to come.

“This gateway project is now the final piece in the jigsaw to connect the site to the rest of the city centre and complete the wider regeneration of Lime Street, Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill. Its impact cannot be underestimated and I’m delighted we have now a team of experts with the right experience to shape its direction.”

Mark Davies, director at K2 Architects (pictured main left), adds: “The KQ Liverpool vision is for a new epicentre that will break down the historical boundaries and repurpose the magnificent heritage to reconnect the gateway to the city, Knowledge Quarter and the waterfront.

“The Knowledge Quarter Gateway is about ambition, not excepting the norm and going the extra mile, Liverpool City Council share this ambition and this team will now deliver it.”