Neil Lucas (HOW Planning) and Hazel Rounding (shedkm) at the centre, with members of the HOW planning and shedkm teams
Richard Bell

Design team revealed for Liverpool’s ‘vibrant’ new Ten Streets creative zone

Liverpool City Council has revealed the design team for its upcoming Ten Streets creative zone in the city’s historic north docks.

Following a tender, the authority chose consultancy HOW Planning and architects shedkm to deliver the planning framework and development principles for scheme.

A Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) will now set out what can be achieved in the district, which is already earmarked as the location of an athletes’ village should Liverpool win its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The council’s Ten Streets vision was unveiled earlier this year as part of 10 ideas for regenerating 125 acres of former dockland spanning the city centre’s northern edge to the Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse.

According to the authority, the scheme could comprise up to one million sq ft and generate around 2,500 jobs by attracting creative businesses alongside artistic organisations. Early proposals have outlined plans for the UK’s first-ever revolving theatre.

HOW Planning partner Neil Lucas said: “HOW Planning and shedkm architects are delighted to be appointed to work on the Ten Streets project.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create a vibrant new neighbourhood in Liverpool city centre: one that celebrates and builds upon the area’s heritage and unique characteristics, introduces new uses and public realm, and knits together the emerging schemes in the Atlantic Corridor. We look forward to working closely with Liverpool City Council, Harcourt, and other stakeholders in delivering the vision.”

shedkm director Hazel Rounding commented: “shedkm and HOW Planning are incredibly excited to be working on leading the vision to shape this area of the city with Liverpool City Council and Harcourt.

“As regeneration specialists established in Liverpool 20 years ago, shedkm are particularly keen to work with the historic urban grain of the Ten Streets area to promote a cultural hub as a catalyst for the wider area, whilst establishing a framework for exciting future development and potential game-changing interventions.”

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “[Ten Streets] has phenomenal potential for growth and can become a major catalyst in the city’s future economic success.

“This is a long-term project but it’s a hugely exciting time because we can now start setting the foundation stones to deliver something totally unique in the UK.”

He added: “I look forward to seeing what HOW Planning and shedkm produce and how we can deliver the next steps on completely transforming this part of north Liverpool.”

The Ten Streets SRF will go up for public consultation this Summer. Once completed at the end of 2017, the SRF will then become a Supplementary Planning Document to assist in the determination of future planning applications and any potential use of Liverpool City Council’s Compulsory Purchase Orders.

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