Long awaited Secretary of State approval given to Liverpool Festival Gardens
A renovation scheme that is set to dramatically transform the unused and derelict former Liverpool Festival Gardens site in England has finally won approval from the Secretary of State after four years of planning.
Masterplanned by careyjones architects and landscape and urban designers, Planit, the £250m development is set to radically enhance and regenerate the neglected area of land at Otterspool, alongside the River Mersey, with the creation of 56 acres of landscaped public space overlooked by a stunning mixed use development.
Developer, Langtree McLean, was granted permission for the plans with the aim of bringing the once blossoming site back into productive use. Director at careyjones Mike Harris said: “The masterplans created with Planit offer a design solution that will reunite the local community with the Mersey riverfront creating a major public realm space that incorporates a safe, communal, recreational use area with a private residential and working community.
“Using the existing landscape features as a framework for the buildings, we were able to create a residential scheme comprising 1308 apartments and 66 townhouses, that complements and enhances the surrounding environment.”
Designed by Planit, the new Waterfront Park celebrates the relationship between the river and the city. Managing Director Peter Swift said: “The park has been designed in a way to repair a fracture in the urban fabric and will act as a unique ‘urban ecosystem’ with the focus on its habitat and biodiversity credentials.”
Commenting on the planning success John Downes, Managing Director of Langtree Group Plc, said: “Working closely in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Planit, careyjones and planning consultants and project coordinators Spawforths, plus the local community and local partners, has allowed us to devise plans for a mixed use development and urban park that ensures that this site is once again an asset of which the city can be proud of and most importantly, can access.”