Developer to unveil vision for New Chinatown site

The new owner of Liverpool’s New Chinatown development will reveal its full vision for the stalled regeneration scheme next week.

Great George Street Developments purchased the site in March – promising to start work on apartments and commercial space later this year.

The construction of 117 apartments and 4,122 sq ft of commercial space is in line with previous planning consent but the developer is redesigning other phases on the scheme.

Details of those new plans, which the developer says “connects and relates” the scheme to the Baltic Triangle and Chinatown, will be shared with visitors at a one day public exhibition on 5 June at Siren, 54 St James Street.

Subject to the outcomes of the consultation, the company hopes to submit a planning application for the further phases this summer.

The site formerly known as New Chinatown pictured yesterday

Overall, the new design for the site could see the creation of a total of approximately 760 largely one, two and three-bed apartments, 25 townhouses, 75,000 sq ft of commercial space and 31,500 sq ft of office space.

It would also see the creation of new green space and public realm, including the narrowing of Great George Street to create a new linear park.

Neal Hunter, development director for Great George Street Developments, says: “Our view is that the new overall scheme can better align with the city’s strategic aspirations and better connect with the Baltic Triangle and the existing Chinatown.

“Our new proposals will see the creation of new green spaces, a lovely linear park and outside event space. It will complement the Georgian Quarter, just up the hill, and connect in a sympathetic way to the Baltic Triangle and the surrounding residential properties.

“Ultimately, we want to create an inclusive, vibrant new district for the city, where people can live, work and play.

“We want it to become a destination for young enterprises and established businesses alike, as well as a home for people of all ages and family circumstances.

“We believe we have significantly improved the quality of the scheme by introducing some larger commercial space and a more diverse mix of residential, including family homes.”

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