Cairns Street in Toxteth has been shortlisted for the UK and Ireland ‘Street of the Year’ by the Academy of Urbanism.
Cairns Street is part of Granby Four Streets – 150 formerly empty Victorian homes that were saved from demolition by the local community and are the subject of a regeneration initiative.
A series of organisations including Liverpool City Council, Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, Plus Dane and Liverpool Mutual Homes are refurbishing empty homes and hope to add new shops, a local market and green spaces for the community.
The Academy of Urbanism says: “When complete, the hope is that all of this comes together to make a street that is welcoming and attractive to all – full of greenery, creativity, and regular street markets. Showing what is possible when passionate residents are able to implement their aspirations for their street.”
Architect collective Assemble has also recently been nominated for a Turner Prize for its work at Granby Four Streets, and the area has also attracted investment from individuals through the council’s Homes for a Pound scheme.
Liverpool City Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, adds: “This nomination is yet more confirmation that people across the country are noticing that something very special is happening in Liverpool in the Four Streets, led as much by the people of these streets as anyone else.”