Liverpool Public Realm

A massive investment programme has been given the green light to improve the public realm in the Commercial District over the next two years.

Liverpool City Council has approved plans to a £1.6 million resurfacing and improving footpaths and street furniture on:

Leather Lane
Bixteth Street
• Old Hall Street
Edmund Street
North John Street
Eberle Street

The Commercial District BID has invested £1.1m in the programme, which begins this summer.

The funding, raised via the BID levy, with a  £500k contribution from the city council.

The approval came almost a year to the day when the Commercial BID will seek a re-ballot from members (on 17 March 2016) to develop the district up to 2021.

The works are part of a wider four year programme, which includes a new city centre ‘connectivity’ scheme with new and improved signage and lighting, dedicated coach parking, more priority for pedestrians and cyclists and a review of bus routes to reduce delays.

Jim Gill, Chairman of the Commercial District BID, said: “This major investment in the public realm of the Commercial District has been a key priority for the BID Company and we welcome the city council’s support in this programme.

“We look forward to seeing the results and building on these improvements to further enhance the appeal of the Commercial District as the place to do business in Liverpool.”

Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company, added: “Businesses in the Commercial District have looked to the BID to make a meaningful impact on the public realm in the city centre and this is what we intend to deliver.

“This has been three years in the planning and we will set out more developments in our new business plan for the Commercial District over the next five years. Much is still to be done, but the journey has begun.”

Find out the plans for the area:

Leather Lane

What
– Removing trip hazards
– Repointing the path

When
w/b 6 July 2015 – w/b 10 August 2015

Fiona Hornsby, Licensee at the award-winning Thomas Rigby’s, said “The investment in the public realm around Leather Lane and North John Street was
hugely welcome.

“These kind of improvements are always good for the city centre. Access is a major issue for any business, especially like ours, so it’s good to know that the works will not last a long time. Be great if this could be followed up with more greenery and plating to make the district feel even more welcoming.”

 

Bixeth Street

What
– Upgrading the footway and kerb materials to a grey coloured granite, to tie in with the surrounding area
– Establishing boundaries and any potential accommodation works such as cellars
– De-cluttering of street furniture
– Upgrading Street lighting; replacing existing columns and providing lanterns with LED technology

When
w/b 27 July 2015 – w/b 12 Oct 2015

Colin Sinclair, Director of Property Marketing at Bruntwood, said: “As a major investor in the Commercial District we are pleased to see these transformational public realms works get the go ahead. It’s a great example of public and private sector working together to create an environment where businesses can grow and prosper, creating jobs and so benefitting the whole Liverpool economy.”

 

Old Hall Street

What
– Near No.1 Old Hall Street – The 6 trees, grilles and up-lighters to be removed and replaced
– Cotton Exchange – The footway to be upgraded to match the new works carried out by Bruntwood
– Street Lighting
– Street lighting upgrade; to replace existing columns and provide lanterns with LED technology

When
w/b 28 Sep 2015 – w/b 9 Nov 2015

Alison Lobb, managing parter of Morecrofts said: “As a firm that has recently moved to Old Hall Street we are delighted to hear that the improvement works have been approved. It should really enhance the visitor experience for our clients and provide an even better working environment for our staff.

We have long been supporters of the Commercial District BID and are really pleased to see how it’s benefiting those who work in and use the Old Street area.”

 

Edmund Street

What
– Upgrading the footway and kerb materials to grey granite or stone to match the surrounding area
– Removal/replacement of trees with a more suitable species and/or alternative feature such as planters
– De-cluttering of street furniture
– Street lighting upgrade; to replace existing columns and provide lanterns with LED technology

When
w/b 19 Oct 2015 – w/b 4 Jan 2016

David Colvin, partner at Matthews-Goodman, the commercial property company which is celebrating its 150th year in 2015, said: “I am delighted these funds have been allocated to further improve the streetscape and amenities in this heartland of the business district. It is essential for business growth, as well as for residents and leisure users, to ensure the environment is as attractive and user friendly as possible.”

 

North John Street

What
– Upgrading the footway and kerb materials to grey granite or stone to match the surrounding area
– Providing a higher specification base in the footway to prevent future damage in line with standard details
– Establishing boundaries and any potential accommodation works such as cellars (the intention is to plate the cellars and continue the new surface across them)
– De-cluttering of street furniture

When
w/b 11 Jan 2016 – w/b 28 Mar 2016

Claudia Moreno, General Manager of Spanish Tapas restaurant La Viña, said: “This is a great use of our BID levy. Investment that makes our streets look more appealing to customers is always beneficial for businesses like ours. I’m also glad that the works are scheduled for January as that is when footfall is quite so will cause minimum disruption.”

 

Eberle Street

What
– Re-designing the levels and create a shared street
– Aiming to make a major transformation with scope to create a visual effect that will make the street a visitor attraction

When
Feb –  May 2016 (tbc)

Andrew Pankhurst, Manager of GBar, said: “These public realm works are extremely important developments for Eberle Street, that have been many years in the waiting. As a member of the Stanley Street Quarter, it’s amazing to see the BID company are striving towards improving the area that we work in, and that so many customers enjoy when visiting the LGBT quarter.”