Last month, Ideas for Liverpool, a 60-strong collective of young professionals from 40 businesses across the city, launched its vision for the future of Liverpool.
ArchiPhonic architect, Jamie Nicholson, is one of the young professionals who have been involved in the scheme, which was originally set up by global engineering and consultancy firm, Arup.
Contributing his ideas and expertise, Jamie has helped curate that vision, which outlines a collection of innovative solutions to tackle the city’s current challenges and make Liverpool a more exciting, inclusive place to live and work.
Speaking of the Ideas for Liverpool scheme, Jamie, said: “As a relatively new arrival to the city, being part of the Ideas for Liverpool forum has opened my eyes to the challenges that the city is facing. It’s also revealed the wealth of young cross-sector talent that is committed to driving change that will improve the quality of life for all people across the city. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to share my own skills and expertise and contribute to the Ideas for Liverpool vision and to learn from others taking part as well.”
Liverpool Tide Line
One of the key ideas in the vision proposes an unbroken path along the waterfront, dubbed the ‘Liverpool Tide Line’, effectively connecting the whole city from the airport, through the city centre, to as far north as Crosby Beach.
While the job-rich waterfront and city centre offers significant employment opportunities, it is geographically distant and inaccessible from many areas of the city, notably from those areas which face the most significant economic challenges.
The Tide Line aims to open up the city and provide greater opportunities for all. Coupling this with another idea of five ‘Green Avenues’ acting as tributaries branching away from the Tide Line, new routes would be created through the city, opening up new areas of green corridors and community spaces, providing further health and wellbeing benefits for residents.
Bike More, Car Less
Taking into account the fact that 86% of people in Liverpool currently achieve less than the recommended daily amount of physical exercise, the group’s vision also includes a proposal for a scheme called ‘Bike More, Car Less’ to encourage the uptake of active travel, such as cycling and walking, through significant improvements to the existing cycle network.
During workshops conducted by the young professionals, a ‘general sense of loneliness’ was identified in some sectors of society. This was addressed in the group’s vision by a proposal for a centralised, online volunteering platform called ‘Givapool’, which would aim to reduce social isolation. ‘Givapool’ would connect participants with volunteering opportunities across the city and enable them to “bank” volunteering time that could then be exchanged for benefits to assist the improvement of health and wellbeing.
Chair of Ideas for Liverpool and Senior Town Planner in Arup’s Liverpool office, Kim Cooper, said: “I am born, raised, educated and working in Liverpool, so my ambition is to make it the best it can be. The Ideas for Liverpool forum has provided an opportunity for young professionals across the city to meet and collaborate to help shape the Liverpool of the future.”
A background to the city’s challenges was given by Liverpool City Council Chief Executive, Tony Reeves and the professionals were split into groups to research how they could make it the most exciting and inclusive place to live and work. With support during the process from the Mayor of Liverpool, Liverpool BID, KQ Liverpool, University of Liverpool and Liverpool City Council, the resulting manifesto offers real and tangible ideas to positively impact on the people of Liverpool and address its current challenges.
Tony Reeves, Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, said: “If we can mobilise the city’s residents, workers and businesses through collaboration and innovation the sky is the limit to what we can achieve. And so, this is why I was so attracted to the Ideas for Liverpool proposal. Empowering young professionals to put their collective talents towards identifying solutions to some of the biggest issues facing their city is such a brilliant initiative.”
Seeing the inspirational and positive solutions created by Ideas for Liverpool, Professional Liverpool along with Kim Cooper, has agreed to continue the forum, supporting the groups as necessary to bring their ideas to fruition, whilst planning for the next cohort to take on the cities challenges in two years’ time.
Philip Rooney, Chair of Professional Liverpool said: “I am really excited that Ideas for Liverpool have agreed to join forces with Professional Liverpool. Kim and her team have achieved a great deal in a short time and we are looking forward to being able to support them in the delivery and development of Ideas for Liverpool in the next phase of their journey.”
To read the full Ideas for Liverpool vision, please visit: https://www.arup.com/perspectives/publications/promotional-materials/section/ideas-for-liverpool