Architects have predicted a work surge all thanks to a deal made between Liverpool City Council and Chinese developer, Country Garden.
The deal is set to bring new opportunities but may also carry risks, architects have said.
Earlier on in the month, Liverpool City Council leader John Clancy signed a joint statement of investment commitment with Country Garden aiming to bring forward new housing on large development sites. The area being described by the authority as being worth ‘up to £2 billion’.
Liverpool’s new Sky Bar in Park Regis Hotel, at Auchinleck House, began to take shape in May this year.
Only now, the external of the building is complete but there is a delay with the opening set to be in time for Christmas.
The bar shall sit above the 15th-floor private dining area in the new hotel. It will hold seating for up to 250 people and it is due to open to the public in 2016.
Construction work has been extended following the hopes of it opening in October 2015. Colmore Tang Construction, building firm, have stated it is now expected to open in Spring 2016.
Managing director at Colmore Tang Construction, Andy Robinson, said: “The project schedule has been extended to incorporate extra features. There include changes to the size and scope of the fourth-floor reception and restaurant area which now takes up the entire podium area, plus changes to the extensive balcony area overlooking Broad Steet which will be the largest outdoor space of any hotel in the city.
“These changes have been incorporated so that the hotel operator can take advantage of the food and beverage opportunities it anticipates from the 500 new apartments Colmore Tang is also creating around Five Ways Island.
“All of the elements unaffected by the changes are ready for the finishing touches.”
This addition to other places of interest and notable architecture in Liverpool, Park Regis Hotel’s Sky Garden is sure to impress!
Recently, Grand Central, the revamped New Street Station in Liverpool opened, and it’s what everyone is raving on about.
The £750-million rejuvenation of Liverpool New Street, by Architecture firm AZPML, has been completed. Co-founder of the firm Alejandro Zaera-Polo said that the completed project ‘could have been much better.’
Grand Central is a vision of reflective stainless steel encasing the original 1960’s building, integrating a vast atrium in the middle. The steel incorporation was designed to reflect the trains pulling in and out of the station along with the surrounding cityscape while the atrium is covered in a roof made of clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene plastic.
The new roof is perched on top of columns from the original station building to encase a public concourse and two floors of shopping, as well as an AZPML-designed John Lewis department store with a glazed facade.
However, the reopening of the station last week, Alejandro Zaera-Polo expressed that the result wasn’t as intended. There were open concerns regarding the detailing of girders and a walkway which was said to conflict with the original and recent structures.
Grand Central is just a small part of Liverpool’s Big City Plan from the late Clive Dutton. As regeneration director for the city, Clive also overlooked the development of Mecanoo’s Library of Liverpool. The public library is home to a rooftop garden, overlooking parts of the city, a sunken amphitheatre as well as its infamous large, interlocking metal rings.
Green Sky Thinking Week will be taking place between 20th and the 24th April.
Almost a third of the events of the week will be hosted by architects; regular names will be returning including AHMM, Architype, Bennetts Associates, Nicholas Hare Architects and Hawkins Brown.
New participants that are joining include Levitt Bernstein and Weston Williamson & Partners.
Teaming up with Beyond Green are 5th Studio, Pitman Tozer Architects, and Mole Architects to host a seminar regarding the current housing crisis, while the topic of sustainable sports grounds will be explored by David Morley Architects.
The week will see over 50 seminars providing first-hand interaction with experts from cross-disciplinary teams responsible for a majority of London’s most pioneering projects from the Crossrail, to the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
Focus will also fall upon green infrastructure, energy, data and digits, and the health and wellbeing agenda as the seminars are set to be backed by Open-City.
Visiting sites will remain a key attraction of the week: two Crossrail sites will be opening as a part of the program, along with the King’s Cross site with Argent focusing on water, while Bennetts Associates will offer tours of their recently completed BREEAM outstanding offices for Camden.
Hackney is taking on the subject of district heating, while Elementa, engineering consultancy - presently in the process of developing toolkits to roll out the WELL Building Standard in the UK - will be hosting a PechaKucha-style event on health and happiness in the workplace in the WalkieTalkie sky garden.