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Liverpool’s biggest residential development given the go-ahead
Posted by Richard Bell on 18 Apr 2017
Merseyside developer Elliot Group has been given the go-ahead to deliver on its plans for the biggest residential development in Liverpool.
The £250m project, to be known as Infinity, was greenlit today (April 18) by the city council.
The scheme will create three towers on the northern edge of Liverpool’s business district, with the tallest of the buildings extending to 436 ft above sea level.
According to Adam Hall of architects Falconer Chester Hall, the plans have changed “radically” since the original outline designs were revealed in June last year, following a series of design workshops with the city council.
He added: “This is Liverpool reaching for the sky, and with a quality that befits such an ambitious place.“
Each of the three towers will be wrapped in two shimmering glazed skins to represent the sun reflecting off the undulating water of the nearby River Mersey.
The blocks will step up in height towards the business district, located just to the south, and extend out over a podium featuring sculptured concrete columns.
Commenting on the scheme, Elliot Group boss Elliot Lawless said he is proud to be making a “dramatic” contribution to his home city’s development.
“This is a proud moment for me and I’m grateful for the council backing me to develop such a prestigious scheme.“
He added: “They’ve seen our track record of delivery in recent years and know that when we promise performance and quality, that’s what will happen.“
Speaking further, Mr Lawless explained that “so much is going on in the north end” of Liverpool, with other large nearby projects including Everton FC’s plans for a new stadium, the multi-million pound Ten Streets initiative and various other tower projects.
He continued: “We’ll have a dramatic cluster to greet our cruise passengers as they approach the Pier Head and the sense of them arriving somewhere confident and special will be palpable.
“With Liverpool considered a front-runner to host the Commonwealth Games the economy is making another step-change. This is important as it will keep us on a par with great cities like Manchester and Glasgow, who both hosted the games successfully.“
Architect Adam Hall said his team took inspiration from Falconer Chester Hall’s recent work in Kuala Lumpur.
He said: “This type of heavily serviced ‘condominium’ living is commonplace [in Kuala Lumpur]. People are busier and what spare time they have is precious to them, so the service offer will enable them to maximise this.“
Work will begin this autumn for completion in Autumn 2019.
Manchester consultancy Zerum acted as planning advisor on the development.