New artist's impressions have been released of the multi-billion pound project set to revamp Liverpool’s famous skyline and dockland area, as the ambitious scheme faces its latest round of public scrutiny.
Peel Holdings, the company behind the proposed Liverpool Waters plan, have recently held consultations in order for members of the public to voice their concerns over the £5.5 billion development. English Heritage has recently stated that it would not support the application as the information provided by Peel Holdings “does not allow the effect of the development on historic buildings to be assessed accurately".
The 60-hectare development in the north of the city will be divided in to five different ‘neighbourhoods’, so it all does not look too similar, including a shopping centre, primary school, library, health centre, supermarket and leisure centre.
The northern area of the scheme will be set aside
for a residential district within a new marina,
enclosing galleries, cafes, restaurants and a
water sports centre.
English Heritage last month said it would not
be endorsing the proposed scheme because of
its potential impact on views of the city’s World
Heritage Site waterfront.
The new images released reflect the lowered
maximum heights of buildings in the north area
of the project, around Stanley Dock, in a bid to
address those concerns.
Peel Holdings insists Liverpool will greatly benefit from
the project in the long term: “Liverpool Waters will draw on the unique identity of the site and the city to define character areas, delivering a high-density and accessible quarter, which is both economically and environmentally sustainable, and which will significantly reinforce Liverpool’s strong identity.”
At the two public consultations held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, many members of the public raised concerns about losing the history of the dockland area.
Helen Warren, 48, from Kirkby, said: “It all looks good from the artist’s drawings but people are scared that they are losing the true historic features of the city. With these huge projects there’s no way you can put a date on when it will be completed, money could run out, there’s lots of things that could go wrong.”
A decision on the proposed plan is expected in June or July 2011.
By Max Owen
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