The team behind the regeneration of London’s Olympic Park has been appointed to create a masterplan for Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.
LDA Design has been chosen by Liverpool City Council to draft a Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) for the area, guiding its future development.
The 37.6-hectare district has become known as a hub for digital and creative industries and a popular nighttime economy, attracting significant levels of development.
According to the local authority, the area which is close to the city centre has seen £128 million of investment in new developments since January 2012. A further £62m of development is also currently on site.
The Baltic Triangle has, however, seen significant growth in residential development over the past 10 years, resulting in the population doubling and increasing development pressure on the remaining available land.
The new draft SRF will build on the Baltic Triangle Development Framework, which was endorsed by the council in December 2017 and set out some design and development principals.
Incorporating an expanded area including Cains Brewery Village and the surrounding neighbourhood south of Upper Parliament Street, the document is expected to go out to public consultation this summer.
Once adopted by Liverpool City Council, it will be used as a Supplementary Planning Document to inform planning applications in the area and will be incorporated into the city’s 15-year Local Plan.
Mark Lawler, managing director of Baltic Creative CIC, says: “In order to protect all that is great about the Baltic Triangle Area, it is vital that this new Supplementary Planning Document supports and underpins the continued growth of the Baltic as ‘THE’ place for creative, digital and independent industries in Liverpool. The area is now recognised nationally and internationally as an exemplar regeneration model through creative and digital sector support.
“This spatial framework needs to recognise and protect the work of the last 10 years and support the sector’s continued growth in Baltic ensuring these industries through future planning approvals are supported forever.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson adds: “Consultation with businesses and residents will be crucial to how this plan is shaped and I’m delighted we’ve appointed an internationally respected team of designers and planners who value community led design to oversee this process.
“The area’s position as one of Britain’s fastest-growing digital and creative hubs is something the city takes great pride in and we want to nurture this to ensure its future as a major engine in our economy.”