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Lime Street Gateway Liverpool - building, UK - design by Glenn Howells Architects
7 Oct 2010
Lime Street Gateway
Liverpool’s new Lime Street Gateway officially opens
LIVERPOOL’S Lime Street Gateway project reached a successful conclusion today when it was formally opened by the leader of Liverpool City Council
Cllr Joe Anderson was joined by partners in the project, including Diane Walton, Head of Area for Merseyside & Cheshire at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision and James Holyoak of architects, Glenn Howells Architects.
This key gateway project has included the removal of an obsolete office building and a row of shops which had obscured the station’s listed Victorian arched gable end since the 1960s, creating an impressive new area of public space.
photos © Paul McMullin
The space – designed by the award-winning Glenn Howells Architects – provides a transformed approach to one of the city’s most important visitor gateways with a new accessible main entrance to the station, seating areas, gentle slopes and feature lighting. It also links more effectively with the city’s cultural and retail quarters.
Distinguished artist Simon Faithful was commissioned to design a series of etchings which have been incorporated in the glazing to the station arches and in the surrounding paving.
Diane Walton said: “This has been a very challenging and complex project which has been delivered through close partnership working. It has completely transformed the entrance to Lime Street Station, creating a magnificent gateway into Liverpool for local people and visitors alike.”
Cllr Joe Anderson said: “It has been a real partnership effort and I feel Lime Street is again something that the city will be proud of for many years to come.
“It has been a very complex process and I would like to thank users of the station and the local business community for their patience and also for their continued support for the project.
“The focus has always been to open up the front of the station, complementing St George’s plateau and transforming the landscape of this part of the city. I am sure that visitors to the city will be impressed at their first impressions of Liverpool and give their visit off to a good start.”
photos © Paul McMullin
Max Steinberg, chief executive, Liverpool Vision said: “This completion of this project is another important milestone in the transformation of Liverpool city centre, and will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider Lime Street area.
“The new space will encourage movement to the World Heritage Site and our outstanding new shopping areas. But most importantly, the station will now be easily accessible for everyone.
James Holyoak, Glenn Howells Architects, said: “Lime Street Station sits at the heart of Liverpool’s historic cityscape and our vision for the project has focussed on building on this legacy to restore the building to its former glory, as well as delivering an accessible, well-functioning station facility.
“Our ambition, from the outset, was to create a world class setting for the fine 19th century station frontage and at the same time recreate a high quality public space linking the station to St George’s Hall and the Cultural Quarter.
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work on this very important project for Liverpool.”
The project has been delivered by a partnership between the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Liverpool Vision, Liverpool City Council, Network Rail and Mersey Travel and funded through investment from the HCA, Northwest Regional Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund and the Railways Heritage Trust.
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Lime Street Station
Lime Street Station, Lime Street, central Liverpool
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photos © Adrian Welch, Oct 2007
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The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England. Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas. For more information visit www.homesandcommunities.co.uk
Liverpool Vision is the city’s economic development company which integrates economic and physical development and business and enterprise support designed to accelerate the city’s growth and build a sustainable economy. For more information visit www.liverpoolvision.co.uk
Glenn Howells Architects was established in 1990 and has built up a strong reputation over the last 20 years as one of the foremost design led architectural practices in the UK. With offices in Birmingham and London, the work of the practice is based on clarity of vision and innovative use of materials. Glenn Howells Architects has won numerous national and international design competitions and received over 60 awards for projects ranging from cultural buildings and housing to large-scale urban mixed-use developments.
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