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Green light expected for second stage of Kings Dock transformation

The second development in Liverpool’s wider vision to transform Kings Dock, including over 100 new homes, is recommended for approval.

Mixed-use proposals for apartments, offices and an ‘interpretation centre’ for the public to view the area’s masterplan will be considered by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee.

If given the go-ahead, two new buildings will be developed at the waterfront site, including the five-storey interpretation centre and office building on the southern side of the entrance to Kings Dock, and the six-storey ‘L’ shaped residential building on the north western corner of Queen’s Dock.

The proposed residential building, which will feature two ground floor commercial units, will incorporate 102 one, two and three-bedroom apartments on its upper floors.

Monarch Quay Holdings Limited is the applicant behind the scheme which, according to a document to be considered by the planning committee, will incorporate design and materials to reflect the area’s heritage.

The document says: “The interpretation centre’s internal and external lower and upper ground spaces seek to provide flexible facilities, including a space where the overall masterplan and history of the area can be interpreted by the local community, stake holders and general public.

“The building’s form has been designed to create a gateway approach into Kings Dock, reflecting the existence of the Grade II-listed Hydraulic Tower located on the opposite side of Queen’s – Wapping Bridge. Externally, the building would feature large areas of Corten steel cladding and glazing, the former alluding to the maritime site’s location.”

Ahead of the 24 April planning committee meeting, when the project is recommended for approval subject to a legal agreement, the document adds: “Overall, the scheme is considered to create an attractive and high-quality development with design references to the site’s heritage.

“The prominent dockside locations will serve as navigational markers on the waterfront without being overstated and will create an inviting draw when approaching from the city centre.”

A four-storey office development has already been approved for the Monarchs Quay site, and represents the first phase of the area’s redevelopment. The workspace will provide a home for Wirral-based business The Contact Company.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

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