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21 Oct 2017

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15 Oct 2017
New Cultural Building at Liverpool Waters

Final year architectural technology students from Liverpool John Moores University have been challenged to design a new cultural building at Liverpool Waters.

The Liverpool Waters masterplan includes proposals for a cultural building in the Central Dock neighbourhood and the students have been briefed to produce concepts for how this could look once it’s developed.

More at Liverpool Waters

5 Sep 2017
Major Conference on Dementia-inclusive Design

A landmark national conference in Liverpool will explore how the design of buildings, places and spaces can exclude people with dementia.

As well as affecting the memory, dementia causes problems with how colours, patterns and textures appear so that people with the condition can have difficulties making sense of their surroundings. Better design can help make the environment less frightening and dangerous.

Doing Dementia Design will promote solutions to remove barriers to living well with dementia. The two day conference starting on Thursday 14th September 2017 is taking place at Liverpool John Moores University’s John Lennon Art and Design Building.

Architects, developers, housing and care professionals, academics, students and local government officers will hear from a wide range of expert speakers and they will work together to produce ideas and proposals for improvements to the way places are designed.

Topics include research into home design, creating dementia-friendly neighbourhoods, government and council policies, latest technological innovations and implications for the arts and business.

People living with dementia and their family carers will play an important part in the programme, relating their own experiences of hazardous and dangerous situations.

A spokesman for organisers Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance said “This conference will be a challenge and an opportunity for everyone involved in decisions about the design of the built environment and how they affect people living with dementia. We hope it will play a major part in bringing about real change.”

Liverpool John Moores University are hosting and supporting the event, at the John Lennon Art and Design Building on 14/15 September.

Other sponsors include Alzheimer’s Society, Kier Construction and Mersey Care NHS Trust.

28 Aug 2017
Prescot Market Place Competition
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Knowsley Council have announced that Mark Wray Architects with Seed Landscape have won a competition to redesign Prescot Market Place, Knowsley in Merseyside.

8 Aug 2017
Planning Permission Granted for Plaza 1821 and Hive City Docks, Liverpool Waters
Plaza 1821 and Hive City Docks Liverpool Waters
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Plaza 1821 and Hive City Docks Liverpool Waters Building
Liverpool Waters is set to welcome two new additions as planning permission has been granted for Peel Land and Property’s Plaza 1821, being built for the Regenda Group, and Your Housing Group’s Hive City Docks.

5 Jul 2017
Liverpool Waters Development News

Elite Synergy, have signed a ten year lease at No. 8 Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters.

The firm are relocating from their current offices in the Cotton Exchange on Bixteth Street.

No. 8 Princes Dock was refurbished by Chapman Taylor Architects, furniture consultancy company Form and fit-out contractor Jennor.

Liverpool Waters Waterfront Development

Liverpool Waters Development News

4 Jul 2017

Liverpool UNESCO Status at Risk

Liverpool UNESCO Status Final Warning

‘Final warning’: Liverpool’s UNESCO status at risk over docks scheme

This is the final warning shot,” says Henrietta Billings, director of the campaign group Save Britain’s Heritage, reports The Guardian. She’s talking about Liverpool and the oversized buildings that are threatening to do a lot more damage to the city than just clog up its waterfront. “Losing world heritage status because of crass planning decisions would be an international embarrassment, as well as a hugely costly mistake.”

Henrietta Billings wants the city planners of Liverpool to heed the warnings of UNESCO who have threatened to remove the city from its coveted list of world heritage sites unless it reconsiders the regeneration plans for its historic docks.

In it strongest warning to date, the international watchdog has announced that this could happen as early as 2018. If the site is struck off, it will only be the second such deletion in UNESCO’s history.

The Liverpool Waters Development is singled out as the main culprit.

Billings identifies a trio of buildings as the principal “crass planning decision”. The Guardian’s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, describes them as “resembling a row of gaudy crystal ornaments”.

The developers, Peel Group, advise that Shanghai was the model – notably the skyscrapers of Pudong. They were also inspired by Vancouver and Hong Kong.

source: Liverpool UNESCO Status at Risk – article in The Guardian

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Liverpool Waters Central Docks News
Liverpool Waters project by night
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Liverpool Waters Central Docks

Liverpool Waters Residential Tower for The Regenda Group
Liverpool Waters Residential Tower
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Liverpool Waters Tower Building

12 May 2017

Liverpool Architectural News

Merseyside Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Liverpool Architecture Designs – chronological list

2 May 2017
Liverpool Waters Development News

No. 8 Princes Dock at Liverpool Waters has been given a luxurious makeover after a project which saw landlords Peel join forces with Chapman Taylor Architects, furniture consultancy company Form and fit-out contractor Jennor.

Liverpool Waters Waterfront Development

Liverpool Waters

Bespoke and highly crafted ceramic building components

24 Apr 2017 update: the deadline for applications has been extended to Monday 8th May 2017.


A collaborative project for an exhibition organised by ECAlab at the RIBA North, with ceramicists, ceramic artists, and studio potters: the development of an exciting new exhibition, Moulding Futures, to be held at the RIBA North during September-December 2017.

Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory

ECAlab (Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory) brings together ceramicists, architects, engineers, academics, manufacturers and leading professionals to explore the possibilities of ceramics in light control for architecture. They embrace the role of emerging digital technologies while working alongside ceramicists to explore the interpretative possibilities of traditional craft skills in contemporary architectural production. Since 2011, their work and ceramic prototypes have been presented, published and exhibited internationally. Collaboration, and working with a wide range of ceramic practitioners, is central to their philosophy and projects.

Mann Island – RIBA national architecture centre in Liverpool:
Mann Island Liverpool
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Mann Island Liverpool – 5 Jun 2016

1 Apr + 29 Mar 2017
New Bird Street and St Michaels II
Design: Tim Groom Architects

Tim Groom Architects receives planning for two apartment schemes in Baltic Triangle and Ropewalks, Liverpool

On 28 March 2017 Manchester-based architecture practice, Tim Groom Architects received planning approval from Liverpool City Council for two, separate residential schemes for property developer Iliad Group – New Bird Street and St Michaels II – located in The Baltic Triangle and Ropewalks areas of Liverpool respectively.

New Bird Street is a 156 apartment development. The design draws from the historical industrial use of the Baltic Triangle area and the many mills that occupied it.

New Bird Street Liverpool buildings:
New Bird Street building in Liverpool

New Bird Street building in Liverpool

New Bird Street building in Liverpool

The building looks to restore the urban edge to the surrounding streets and sets up a perimeter block with an internal courtyard. The pitched roof form incorporated into the design is a distinctive element within the area both historically and now, through the modern industrial sheds of the Baltic Creative Units. The dense massing is broken down through a series of larger carvings creating external terraces and deep balconies.

The ground floor will be commercial space, specifically aimed at creative industries which looks to relate to the nearby Baltic Creative. The units will form a relationship with the internal courtyard creating a vibrant space for residents and commercial occupiers alike.

St Michaels II is the second phase of the St Michaels development and will act as an opening link from Bold Street, through the Ropewalks and ultimately to the Baltic Triangle and historic waterfront.

St Michaels II Liverpool development:
St Michaels II Liverpool development

Comprising 120 apartments, the predominant material in St Michaels II is brick, which is synonymous with the Baltic Triangle. Significant details such as the entrance foyer will be accentuated with bronze aluminium, while the brickwork will comprise of two tones, with a warm buff/grey to the majority of the building and a darker grey/blue brick forming a plinth element to the lower portion of the blocks.

Tim Groom, Tim Groom Architects said: “The two schemes follow previous projects delivered by us for Iliad Group in the Baltic Triangle area. We’ve drawn upon the warehouse typography found within The Baltic Triangle and careful consideration has been given to the materiality of each scheme with particular attention being paid to detailed design and refined craftsmanship, building on the ethos of Iliad Group to provide high quality developments.” / @TimGroomArc

21 Mar 2017
University of Liverpool School of Management Building, North West England, UK
Design: Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
University of Liverpool School of Management Extension
image courtesy of architects

University of Liverpool School of Management Extension
This highly sustainable, BREEAM Very Good building, is set back from the street, behind a formal landscaped zone. A green wall has been incorporated into the south west corner of the building at ground floor level to create a south facing courtyard.

16 Mar 2017
Four Bridges Quarter at Peel Holdings’ Wirral Waters Masterplan
Design: OMI Architects
Wirral Waters Pop Up Village
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Wirral Waters Building News
OMI Architects have been selected to advance their competition winning designs for a ‘Pop Up’ village at Egerton Square adjacent to Wirral Metropolitan College.

15 Mar 2017
Liverpool Waters Central Docks News
Liverpool Waters project by night
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Liverpool Waters Central Docks
The first renderings revealed of the incredible new Central Docks neighbourhood at the property industry’s premier annual event, MIPIM, in Cannes, as well as releasing eight new plots there for investor development.
The Central Docks neighbourhood will form part of this world class destination on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront and is tipped to be one of the hottest property investments around, with places to live, work and unwind coming together to form a new 24-hour community.

22 Jan 2017
Ovatus Tower Buildings
Design: Hodder+Partners, Architects
Ovatus Towers Liverpool
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Ovatus Tower Buildings
A planning application for a £35m 27-storey building, the first of a pair, was recently submitted to Liverpool City Council.

11 Jan 2017
Liverpool Waters Residential Tower for The Regenda Group
Liverpool Waters Residential Tower
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Liverpool Waters Tower Building
PEEL Land and Property is to develop a residential tower within Liverpool Waters for The Regenda Group, one of the region’s leading housing providers.

29 Nov 2016
Shakespeare North Theatre Building in Prescot, Knowsley
Design: Helm Architecture wilth Austin-Smith: Lord LLB
Shakespeare North Theatre Building in Knowsley
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Shakespeare North Theatre Building
Architects appointed to design £19m playhouse and education hub in Merseyside.

19 Sep 2016
Bluecoat is Oldest Building in Liverpool City Centre
Master Mason: Edward Litherland ; Engineer: Thomas Steers
Bluecoat Liverpool City Centre’s Oldest Building
image from Bluecoat

Liverpool City Centre’s Oldest Building
The city’s oldest surviving city centre building and a fine example of Queen Anne-style architecture. The builders and architects responsible for creating Bluecoat have remained unconfirmed, until now.

14 Sep 2016
Pembroke Place Building
Design: Smith and McHugh, architects, formerly McHugh Stoppard
Pembroke Studios Liverpool
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Pembroke Place Building

26 Aug 2016
National Wildflower Centre in Knowsley
Design: Matteo Cainer Architects
Papaver National Wildflower Centre
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National Wildflower Centre in Knowsley
The design of the new educational, conference and seed production complex, responds both to the site as well as the orientation and geometries of the existing buildings.

13 + 5 Jun 2016

Mann Island – RIBA to open national architecture centre in Liverpool

Mann Island Liverpool
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A “national architecture centre in the North” is to be opened by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Liverpool’s RIBA North will have conference facilities and a gallery “at its heart”, a spokeswoman said.

The institute’s president Jane Duncan said it would “explore the enormous impact that architecture and design has on our lives”.

It will open in August with an exhibition of designs for Liverpool that were never built.

Mann Island Liverpool – 5 Jun 2016

Address: RIBA North, Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP.

Phone: 01517 030107

Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm


Opening late August

A chance to explore Liverpool’s architectural audacity through some of the unconventional schemes – both realised and unrealised – and discover their influence on how Liverpool continues to evolve.

Website: Liverpool’s RIBA North

Liverpool Architecture Designs – chronological list

Liverpool Architecture Walking Tours

6 May 2016

Liverpool Lime Street Redevelopment News

Judge gives campaigners all-clear to fight Broadway Malyan’s Liverpool Lime Street Redevelopment

Design: Broadway Malyan + Austin-Smith:Lord Architects

Lime Street Liverpool Renewal
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£35m Liverpool Lime Street project would flatten historic buildings at city’s ‘gateway’

The Court of Appeal has given heritage campaigners the green light to pursue a legal challenge against Broadway Malyan’s plans to demolish a dozen historic buildings in the centre of Liverpool, reports Building Design.

Exhibition Centre & Hotel, central Liverpool – 19 Aug 2013
Design: Denton Corker Marshall
Exhibition Centre Liverpool & Hotel
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Planning has been approved for the £40 million Exhibition Centre on Liverpool’s historical Kings Waterfront. The multi award winning practice Denton Corker Marshall have sealed their reputation as one of the world’s foremost Exhibition and Event venue architects.

Mersey Gateway, River Mersey
Design: FCC Construcción
Mersey Gateway Project Liverpool
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Mersey Gateway – 21 Jun 2013
FCC, the Spanish infrastructure and environmental services group, has been awarded the contract to design, build, finance, maintain and operate the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Liverpool (UK). Worth approximately 600 million pounds, it is FCC’s largest-ever contract in the UK.

Liverpool Central Library Building
Design: Austin-Smith:Lord Architects
Liverpool Central Library
photo © Keith Hunter
Liverpool Central Library Building – 21 Jun 2013
The Liverpool Central Library and Archive Project is a unique and prestigious scheme within the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site. The project provides an 8,000sqm library and specialist archive and restores 4,000sqm of Grade II listed historic buildings on William Brown Street.
Azzurro Ltd was appointed sole FF&E supplier by Shepherd Construction and worked with and advised the architects, Austin Smith Lord, on product.

The Florence Institute
Design: Purcell
The Florence Institute Building
photo : Ben Jones

The Florence Institute – 21 Mar 2013
The Florence Institute in Liverpool is in the running for two major awards. The newly renovated visitor attraction is shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award, as well as a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Building Conservation Award.

Art Deco Building in north west England
Littlewoods Building
photo from SAVE Britain’s Heritage
Littlewoods Building – 18 Dec 2012
Architectural charity SAVE Britain’s Heritage welcomes new plans to save Liverpool’s most prominent Art Deco landmark, the huge white Littlewoods building that dominates the city’s eastern approach.
Built in 1938 for Littlewoods’ famous football pools, the tall central clock tower and streamlined concrete profile are visib le far across Liverpool. The building housed the giant printing presses that sent millions of pools coupons across the country every week, to player s dreaming of winning a golden ticket.

Liverpool Waterfront – Objection News
Design: Chapman Taylor Architects
Liverpool Waters
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Liverpool Waterfront – 24 Feb 2012
Developers face a wait until June 2012 to find out whether the government will call a public inquiry into a £5.5bn skyscraper scheme for Liverpool’s northern docklands. The city council planning committee unanimously approved the Liverpool Waters plan by Peel Holdings for the 150-acre site. However, the planning application must now be sent to communities secretary Eric Pickles MP, due to its size and concerns over its impact on the World Heritage Site.

Park Brow School, Kirkby
Architects: 2020 Liverpool
Kirkby School Building
photo : Infinite 3D

Park Brow School – 1 Feb 2012
This building was completed for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council as a 2 form primary school for 420 pupils with a 52 place nursery. 2020 Liverpool were appointed as a multidisciplinary team to deliver this replacement school within challenging time and budget constraints, as part of government’s primary capital program.

Liverpool Building News in 2011

Liverpool Building Photographs 31 Oct
The Bluecoat Arts Centre
photo © Adrian Welch

Alsop High School, Walton. 8 Aug
Design: 2020 Liverpool
The Alsop High School
photo : Infinite 3D

Architects ‘2020 Liverpool’ were appointed by Liverpool City Council to replace the mobile classrooms with a stunning 5,500 m², three-storey building comprising of varied teaching and activity areas including new dining facilities, dance and performance studios and communal social areas. The shape of the new block takes into account the existing buildings on site and addresses the long-standing problems with traffic management, student movement between buildings, undefined car parking and scattered play areas.

Museum of Liverpool. 13 Jul + 20 May
Museum of Liverpool Building
photo © Philip Handforth
The new Museum of Liverpool is largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century. The new Museum of Liverpool building, opening on July 19th will not only tell the story of its importance as one of the World’s great ports or about its cultural influence, such as with the Beatles phenomenon. It will also serve as a meeting point for History, the People of Liverpool and visitors from around the globe. Therefore, according to the Architect, Kim Herforth Nielsen, the structure functions as much more than just a Building or a Museum.

Heating Infrastructure Project : Levitt Bernstein. 24 May
University of Liverpool Heating Infrastructure Project
photo : Eddie Jacob
This building continues the architectural tradition of boiler houses as urban monument: sitting neatly on its site its glazed gable ends reveal glimpses of the power that hums within. The delightfully compact building has an articulated roof form that cleverly makes both reference to the architecture of its listed neighbours, whilst concealing the chillers. This play of geometry is complemented by an elegantly conceived and executed fish-scale skin that articulates the otherwise blank facades and provides cross ventilation.

EdEn Building, Liverpool Hope University : Halsall Lloyd Partnership. 28 Feb
EdEn Building Liverpool Hope University
courtesy of Bob York
“One of the challenges of sub-city university campuses is keeping the students in, during out-of-hours”, according to Vice Chancellor Prof. G. Pillay in setting up the design brief. This is true, for the academic term usually spans from September to June, in a grey and wet weather, especially in the north-west part of the country. “Yes, we pride ourselve with a dedicated ‘Garden University’ in our charter, beautiful landcape and courtyards but we also need more internal spaces”, he added.

Liverpool Building News in 2010

Liverpool Science Park : Ryder Architecture. 27 Oct
Liverpool Science Park
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Lime Street Gateway : Glenn Howells Architects. 7 Oct
Lime Street Gateway
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milkandsugar exhibition : RIBA Competitions. 1 Jul

Paradise Street Bridge : Wilkinson Eyre – Civic Trust Awards 2010 winner. 15 Mar
Paradise Street Bridge
photo © Tim Soar

University of Liverpool Residences : Stride Treglown. 19 Jan
University of Liverpool Hall of Residence
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Liverpool Building News Highlights from 2009

Pier Head Ferry Terminal : Giving contemporary architecture a bad name. 19 Oct
Pier Head Ferry Terminal
photo © Steve Parish

30 Pall Mall : Broadway Malyan Architects. 27 Apr
30 Pall Mall Liverpool
picture © Broadway Malyan

Liverpool University Active Learning Laboratory : LED Display. 2 Apr
Active Learning Laboratory
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Royal Court Theatre Liverpool : Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. 13 Mar
Royal Court Theatre Liverpool
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National Wildflower Centre : Ian Simpson Architects. 9 Mar
National Wildflower Centre
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Liverpool ONE : various architects – new photos. 14 Feb
Liverpool ONE
photo © Adrian Welch

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels : Liverpool Central Village. 12 Jan 2009
Millennium & Copthorne Hotel Liverpool
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Liverpool Building News 2009

Liverpool Building News Highlights from 2008

Night aerial photographs – the first ever in Liverpool – by webbaviation, showing completion of the massive Liverpool One development, 26 Nov 2008:
Liverpool One + Liverpool Arena + Three Graces
Liverpool One Liverpool Arena Three Graces

Liverpool Building Competition : Mersey Observatory Winner
Liverpool Building Competition
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Tribeca development : four architects unveiled
Tribeca development
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New Liverpool developments : photos
Rotating Liverpool Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Liverpool Waterfront building : Mann Island
Mann Island Liverpool
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Bling Bling building
Bling Bling building
image © AW

Liverpool arts building : Bluecoat Arts centre
Bluecoat Liverpool
image : Stefan Mueller

Great George Street – Phase 1
Great George Street
Image © 2007 ABA

Liverpool Stadium building

Small Animal Teaching Hospital : RIBA Award winner 2008

Liverpool Tower : Princes Dock Tower

St Georges Hall Liverpool – Phase II Refurbishment

Liverpool residential building : Unity development

Merseyside Development News from 2008

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