YM Liverpool is 20 – Back in 1999…
Our very first issue hit the streets, providing a guide to Liverpool living and celebrating the city’s ongoing renaissance.
We spoke to Tom Bloxham, co-founder of innovative developer Urban Splash, as the firm had four major projects underway in Liverpool.
They included the mixed-use transformation of the Tea Factory on Wood Street in the city centre; the creation of new homes at the central Old Haymarket; the redevelopment of Garston’s Grade II-listed, art deco Bryant and May Match Factory to accommodate businesses; and the £9 million residential renovation of Shaw Street’s 1840s designed, sandstone Collegiate School building.
“With each project we like to keep the best of the old and introduce new technology to create something contemporary,” said Tom.
We covered the launch of a flagship development at the waterfront’s Beetham Plaza which was, at the time, described as “the most important new address in Liverpool”.
Developed by the Beetham Organization Limited, the site’s 25 The Strand property transformed a 1960s building to create new apartments and, according to chairman Hugh Frost, helped “inject life back into the city centre as a place to live, work and play”.
Three-bedroom terraced homes in South Liverpool’s Allerton and Mossley Hill generated market prices ranging between £50,000 to £70,000, compared to the current average sale prices of £197,843 to £202,157 according to Rightmove.