Plans for a £100 million development of more than 550 new waterfront homes have been submitted to Liverpool City Council.
Four seven to 12-storey buildings are proposed for the city’s Brunswick Quay with their appearance said to be influenced by the “rich maritime and industrial history” of the area.
An application was put forward yesterday (8 July) on behalf of North West-based Maro Developments Limited, with architects Fletcher-Rae leading on the plans.
If approved, the blocks of 552 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and duplex homes would be set above secure enclosed car parking and would be linked by landscaped garden piazzas, providing children’s play space, recreational areas and views to the River Mersey and Liverpool Marina.
Retail and commercial units would also be incorporated in ground floor units along the riverside.
The individual buildings are said to have been designed with a layering of materials featuring a random array of windows and openings aiming to achieve a camouflaged ‘dazzle ship’ effect from a distance, paying homage to Liverpool’s maritime history.
Andrew Rae, co-founder of Fletcher Rae, says: “The proposed buildings are arranged to elevate residences to ensure that all residents have attractive views across the Mersey and adjacent Marina. A strong identity for the landmark site has been developed which also looks to create powerful links with the immediate public realm by introducing mixed-use public spaces that connect with waterfront footpaths and cycleways.
“The rich maritime and industrial history of Liverpool’s southern docks has shaped the form and materials embodied in the masterplan for Brunswick Quay; the proposed design of the buildings and landscaping take cues from this industrial past and are integrated into a simple palette of materials.”
A project team also consisting of Hannans, Abacus, Integra and Mott Macdonald has been collaborating with Liverpool City Council’s planning and highways departments, Historic England and The Canals & Rivers Trust ahead of the planning application being submitted.
Andrew adds: “A key design emphasis is the integration of the scheme with its waterfront setting offering a better opportunity for the public to gain access to the site and for the site to provide improved amenities for the users of the River Mersey frontage, the marina and future proposed waterway transportation within the dock system.
“A great deal of work has gone into preserving the setting of the Anglican cathedral when viewed from across the river and the World Heritage Site status of the Liverpool waterfront whilst also linking to nearby residential, commercial and cultural areas.”