Major flats plan for former Liver Grease Oil and Chemicals Company site

A two-part tower providing almost 100 new apartments could be given the go-ahead on the site of a former grease oil firm in the Baltic Triangle.

Proposals have been put forward by city-based Torus to build 93 new units on land between Norfolk Street and Brick Street on the edge of the city centre.

The site was formerly occupied by the Liver Grease Oil and Chemicals Company but has stood derelict for the past five years.

It is the second set of designs to face scrutiny after plans for a 202-room hotel fell through almost two and a half years ago.

As per a Liverpool Council planning committee agenda ahead of its meeting at Liverpool Town Hall next Tuesday, Torus is seeking to redevelop the site through a part eight, part 10-storey building split into two blocks, linked centrally with a central stair/lift core with an external courtyard located to either side. The residential units on upper floors would comprise 45 one-bed apartments, 45 two-bed apartments and 3 three-bed apartments, including 21 wheelchair-accessible units.

The development would be car-free with a total of 112 secure cycle parking spaces provided for both residents and visitors. The site is located towards the eastern edge of the Baltic Triangle.

Housing association Torus manages thousands of properties across Merseyside with a view to building more than 5,000 by 2026. It is responsible for delivering the major Approach development on Edge Lane.

The new site would be known as the Brickworks, according to planning documents submitted by Torus. All 93 units are proposed to meet the Government’s definition of affordable housing, being offered as intermediate rent to buy properties.

The report said the Baltic has traditionally been a focus for business and industry but now also includes residential and other complementary uses.

The Liver Grease, Oil and Chemical Company, which occupied the site until July 2019, was founded in 1809 as P.Holgrove and Co- Turpentine Distillers, and moved to Norfolk Street in 1900. It has since ceased trading operations.

Prior to Torus’ application, Crossfield Exclusive Development Ltd had secured rights to build a four star hotel with more than 200 bedrooms that officials had hoped would create dozens of new jobs. Those plans did not go ahead.

Image: How the site could look. Credit: Studio RBA

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