Liverpool-based architecture practise Falconer Chester Hall have now been granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council for a 280-bedroom student accommodation development on the fringe of the city centre. Falconer Chester Hall are an AJ100 company with offices in Liverpool, London, Manchester and Kuala Lumpur who ‘approach every project design with the same balance of creative and commercial flair.’
The £25 million eight-storey building named ‘Azure’ will also facilitate 14 commercial and retail units on its ground floor level. As well as the student accommodation block the project also includes a separate residential block that will provide 69 apartments and has been designed for Legacie Contracts. Original plans were approved back in May 2018 but were adapted in response ‘to the buoyant student residential sector in Liverpool.’ The new proposal has been designed to ‘provide consistency across the elevations and allows the building to sit well within its context.’
The student accommodation sector in Liverpool is a huge part of the city’s economy and has contributed heavily to the city’s ever changing and evolving architectural landscape. The city centre has many offerings to meet student accommodation needs but with projects now expanding to outside the central hub of Liverpool it is clear that it is still very much in demand.
The 280 bedrooms are made up of 84 studio flats and 26 cluster apartments within the building. There are also plans to include a games room, cinema, gym, yoga room, communal lounge and a first-floor courtyard. The site is currently occupied by an industrial unit which will be demolished so that the plans can be actioned.
Associate Director for Falconer Chester Hall, Stephen Fieldsend, states ‘it’s fantastic news that we have been granted planning permission on this site.’ He went on to explain how ‘there was clearly a case for a larger and taller building to reflect the general trend towards increased massing in the area’ and that ‘Rose Place is excellently positioned in the north of the city and close to the convergence of the business and knowledge quarters which are permeating in helping to shape the cultural personality of the area.’
John Morley of Legacie Contract states that ‘this site provides a great opportunity to bring vibrancy to the area, that is experiencing a period of change and offer excellent student accommodation with great amenity spaces’ which will ‘give a sense of community.’ He also went on to highlight how ‘the approval of this application will result in job opportunities for local people both during the construction and afterwards’ which is particularly important given current circumstances and means great things for jobs in Liverpool across a range of industries.
Despite the current circumstances we all find ourselves in Liverpool’s property and architecture scene continues to grow. The project within Rose’s Place will allow a prime site to be repurposed to become a part of the ever-growing student accommodation market in the city which is excellent news for both the local economy and Liverpool’s property scene.
Written by Rachael Gray.
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