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13.09.05

Lime Street Gateway gets green light

The new designs for Liverpool’s Lime Street Gateway moved a step closer to reality as Liverpool City Council’s planning committee gave its approval last month.

Permission has now been granted for the demolition of the row of shops at the front of the station to reveal its listed Victorian arched gable-end and the creation of new public space at the front of the station, the demolition of the Concourse Tower and the construction of a new landmark 28-storey mixed-use building, which will feature office and residential space plus cafes and retail units at its base.

Work is expected to start on site in autumn 2006, with the public space expected to be the first completed phase of the project due to be open in late 2007.

Speaking on behalf of the partnership behind the project, Eliot Lewis-Ward, English Partnerships’ Area Director for Merseyside and Cheshire, said: “We are delighted that many months of consultation and design work have paid off. This is a fantastic opportunity to create an exciting and attractive entrance to the city by restoring some of its heritage and bringing new public space and a landmark building to the city.”

Mark McNamee, Managing Director of Iliad Group, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to add yet further to the cosmopolitan offer of Liverpool. Lime Street will not only be a Gateway to, but also a beacon at, the heart of the city.

“This is a great example of the public and private sectors working together to deliver meaningful regeneration and creating tomorrow’s heritage.”

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