Some parts of the centre of Liverpool in the UK were once rundown neglected areas, however a number of schemes have changed all that
Mann Island sits at the heart of Liverpool in the UK’s Mercantile World Heritage site and is a truly mixed use regeneration project. Broadway Malyan’s £93m scheme comprises 363 apartments, retail and leisure space, and 140,000 sq ft of Grade A BREEAM Excellent (highest rating at time of design) office space. There is also a covered public realm that includes an internal exhibition area.
Situated adjacent to Liverpool’s famous ‘Three Graces’, it also incorporates three new major public spaces and a pedestrian foot bridge designed to reconnect Liverpool’s city centre to its historic waterfront. The third of these new spaces is a south facing canal basin creating a sheltered waterside leisure destination which forms a key part of the re-animation of the waterfront.
The geometry of the two residential sculpted wedges relates to Mann Island and the Graving Docks, their profiled roofscapes preserving key views of the historic pier head buildings. Meanwhile, the third linear commercial building relates to the geometry of the Strand and city grid beyond.
The residential wedges reinvent the high density city centre apartment typology. Externally the granite facades create a civic scale, whilst internally 12 storey covered courtyards provide a sense of residential community and escape from the city. The courtyards allow all the apartments to be dual aspect and naturally cross ventilated. The provision of internal balconies and defensible space provide animation and reinforce a sense of community.
The black granite facades of the residential building tie in with the foreground dock water and maintain a contrast in views with the pale stone historic pier head buildings. As with the dock water the polished granite also reflects the texture and detail of its surrounding historic setting, providing the building with an ever changing appearance.