Plans for major tower development in Pumpfields district

A major new tower block could be built on the outskirts of Liverpool city centre as part of the ongoing development around the Pumpfields district.

Proposals have been lodged with Liverpool Council to knock down an existing derelict former factory building on Gascoyne Street to make way for a 14-storey block in its place. The site falls within the southern fringe of the Pumpfields development zone – one of nine areas earmarked to reboot the city’s regeneration.

Applicant Kabir Sharif, of 68K Finance, is seeking to put 100 one and two-bedroom apartments in the tower, which would become one of the city’s largest buildings.

According to a planning statement, the application site is a roughly square plot with a red brick, four storey, vacant and dilapidated former factory on site. There are car parks to the north and east of the site, an equally run-down warehouse to the west and vacant, unused land to the south.

The proposed replacement is of mixed use across 14 storeys, including retail units at ground floor level and 100 apartments above. The application site is currently occupied by a derelict building and surrounded by light industrial buildings in a similar state.

A design and access statement said given its position within the development zone, it presents “an excellent opportunity for development.” As the location is within the city centre area, it is proposed to be car free.

Red brick and concrete cladding is proposed along with copper metal cladding, copper perforated panels and copper aluminium window and door frames. A Juliet balcony/balcony has been incorporated within each apartment. A biosolar green roof system would also be installed.

Secure cycle storage would be made available at basement level, with a space for each apartment.

For the proposal of 100 new apartments, this requirement would equate to provision of 20 of the units as affordable. A Financial Viability Report has been prepared by Aspinall Verdi and submitted in support of the application.

The report concluded the proposed development produces a negative residual land value, and it does not reach the benchmark land value of £280,000. As the scheme is unviable, this confirms that the proposed scheme cannot afford any level of affordable housing.

A date has yet to be confirmed for the plans to be considered by Liverpool Council’s planning department.

Image: How the new tower could look. Credit: Aldrock

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