New Tall Buildings Policy for Liverpool

Last week, Liverpool City Council announced that it had appointed a team of planning experts to prepare a new tall buildings policy for the city.

The city council revealed that it was seeking to adopt the policy as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) by the end of 2019, following a public consultation exercise in the summer.

The adoption of the policy will then see it used to guide three key issues:

  • The height of tall buildings – the policy will assess appropriate height in relation to existing buildings and the environment
  • The location of tall buildings – the policy will identify appropriate locations and the potential for “tall building clusters” in the city centre
  • The design of tall buildings – the policy will encourage best practice in building design

The consultants selected to take on this challenge have been named as Urban Initiatives Studio (UIS), who will be supported by heritage specialists from Chris Blandford Associates (CBA).

Tall Buildings Policy: Progression & Proactive Approach

The appointment of this team is yet another indicator of Liverpool’s unprecedented regeneration boom, with £14bn of investment in the pipeline over the coming decade. The Tall Buildings SPD will be an important planning tool to guide and frame this growth.

Adam Mokhtar, Director at ArchiPhonic, said: “The new tall buildings policy represents an amazing progression of the city and a proactive approach to the planning process as a whole.

“The number of consultants being brought in to orchestrate these important decisions and help to shape our amazing city and is an interesting and welcome move. It’s such an exciting time for Liverpool and to see the amount of investment already set would be unfathomable 10 years ago, which makes it even better.”

Speaking of the new policy the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool is undergoing a huge transformation and a new tall buildings policy is going to be crucial not only in helping to shape the city’s landscape but also to set the highest expectations for architectural design.

“Liverpool has a unique set of characteristics, most notably our historic buildings and we need to define where tall buildings will be best situated. We want to achieve that delicate balance between encouraging development and complementing the quality of Liverpool’s existing architecture and we are very fortunate to have a 3d model of the city to assist these planners and engineers in this regard.

“I’m delighted we’ve appointed world leaders in this field, both UIS and CBA have a wealth of experience in guiding cities on these issues right across the UK and Ireland and have displayed a great working knowledge of what the city is aiming to achieve. I look forward to seeing the draft plan and sharing their thoughts with the public this summer.”

Image courtesy of Liverpool City Council