“This £40 million gateway scheme currently being delivered in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Sigma Inpartnership, the development has seen the clearance of a series of run down buildings and the development of new retail, leisure, hotel and student accommodation on one of the most well known streets in Liverpool.
The façade to Lime Street incorporates a dramatic piece of artwork commissioned from Anthony Brown.
Welcome to Lime Street. Welcome to Liverpool. When you arrive in a city, you want to discover its difference, taste its pleasures, unveil its secrets… Lime Street is the Gateway to the Knowledge Quarter.
“If Lime Street is a Gateway to Liverpool, then it must condense, embody and express what Liverpool is about. You must know that you have arrived.
“This project will complement the Lime Street mixed use scheme and involves the refurbishment of the listed former ABC Cinema which occupies a prominent location opposite Liverpool’s mainline station.
This initial first phase £5 million project will see the cinema auditorium converted into a new performance venue and sound stage with associated bars and restaurant. It will also incorporate facilities for Digital Media Content production.”
Lime Street has ceased to be a Great Liverpool Street. It’s become a road
It has become a thoroughfare carrying people to more interesting places and more appealing destinations. City streets are places to eat, live, explore and breathe. They are places for chance meetings and unexpected discoveries. People bring streets to life, so let’s give it back to them.
“If we want people to come to Lime Street we need to do two things. Create more attractions and provide more and better designed space.”
“The definitive images of Lime Street are at night. It’s the glimmer and glamour of neon that frame its identity. It’s something that we set out to capture and revive.”
05. Save The Futurist campaign group backs our vision
The Save the Futurist campaign group has given its support to our new look scheme for Liverpool Lime Street. A spokesman for the group said:
“Over the past three years, our campaign group’s aim was to save all or as much of The Futurist was possible. Due to long standing mis-management of this beautiful building and with no heritage listing to protect Liverpool’s first purpose built cinema, it is with a heavy heart that we have accepted that there is very little that can be saved. Our focus over the past few months was to fight for an appropriate commemorative for not only The Futurist, but also The Scala and The Palais De Lux to be included within the Lime Street redevelopment plans.
“We feel that the new scheme that has been presented is an exciting step forward and creates a modern gateway for our city, particularly the wider street-scape proposals, with significant notes of the past. To have the full facade of The Futurist displayed on the cladding panels and the retention of the cinema’s name within the scheme, we feel is the best we could hope for.
“We will be working closely with Liverpool City Council and Ion Property Developments Limited on some of the historic detail of the development once the scheme has been through planning.”
“We feel that the new scheme that has been presented is an exciting step forward and creates a modern gateway for our city, particularly the wider street-scape proposals, with significant notes of the past”
We have put together a detailed vision for the future of Lime Street, featuring interviews with key members of the design and development team. Download the document here and have your say on the scheme using the form below.