Liverpool City Centre
Liverpool City Centre is at the heart of the City Region’s economy; it has been transformed over the last decade and contributes to more than half of Liverpool’s economic output and just under half of its jobs.
The City Centre also has a strong and growing cultural offer, including more listed buildings than any city in the country outside Westminster and cutting edge new developments including the Museum of Liverpool. Over the next 10-15 years the City Centre will be consolidated and extended to the north, developing from the already growing Commercial District, linking to the Liverpool Waters.
This will provide the basis for significant growth, supported by developments designed to strengthen other priority locations, sectors and supporting infrastructure, including superfast broadband.
Baltic Triangle - CUC (Contemporary Urban Centre)
The Baltic Triangle is an historic area of the city centre and comprises numerous 18th and 19th
century warehouse buildings which are now enjoying a renaissance as Liverpool’s creative quarter, a cutting edge destination where pioneering creatives work.
The Baltic Triangle is home to musicians, photographers, artists, fashion designers, digital agencies, architects, film-makers, recording studios, eateries, nightlife venues, and internationally acclaimed arts festivals and galleries.
The Baltic Triangle retains much of its powerful maritime character and occupies an increasingly important position close to the developments at Kings Dock, Liverpool One, Ropewalks and the World Heritage site.
For more information of the vision for Liverpool's Baltic Traingle read the area's manifesto here.
The Cavern Quarter is a vibrant city centre area at the focus of Beatle history. It encircles the world famous Mathew Street and forms one of the city centres key tourist destinations.
For Beatles fans there's the Cavern Club, where the Fab Four played 292 times, Cavern pub and The Grapes and White Star pubs, where the Beatles drank during the early 60s. The most recent attraction is The Wall of Fame depicting Liverpool's rightful place as the origin of more Number One records than any other city.
The Cavern quarter is also the scene each year of The Mathew Street Festival, the UK's biggest free indoor and outdoor music festival. The areas Cavern Walks is Liverpool’s only boutique arcade and home to the most unique collection of independent retailing in the city and the greatest designer brands. The Cavern Quarter is a busy landmark for all right in the heart of Liverpool.
Liverpool’s Commercial District has witnessed a remarkable transformation in developer interest and investor confidence. Since 2000, more than 1m sq ft of grade A office space has been successfully delivered in the city’s business district.
chemes such as 101 Old Hall Street, City Square, 20 Chapel Street and St. Paul’s Square together with completed and planned investment in the public realm are transforming the look and performance of the area and helping attract new companies to the city.
By facilitating a consistent stream of new high quality space, Liverpool Vision is helping to sustain the city’s rapid economic growth, meet rising local demand and compete effectively for inward investment.
For more information on Liverpool's Commercial District visit: www.thecommercialdistrict.com
Hope St (Everyman Theatre)
Hope Street is now established as a high quality visitor, culture and leisure quarter. It is home to hotels, restaurants, quality bars and café’s alongside key visitor attractions including the Everyman theatre, Philharmonic Hall, and two prestigious cathedrals; The Anglican Cathedral and The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
Knowledge Quarter (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)
The Liverpool Knowledge Quarter is home to an unrivalled concentration of knowledge economy assets within an urban centre setting. These assets include the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University (including the Byrom Street Campus), The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool Science Park, MerseyBio, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Hope Street, Lime Street Station, the National Oceanographic Laboratory, Liverpool Community College, and on its periphery the Liverpool Community College Arts Centre, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Liverpool Women's Hospital, the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and Hope University.
The role that Liverpool’s universities play in the economy of the region is very significant. The city’s Knowledge Quarter generates £1 billion in income per annum, supports as many as 14,000 full-time jobs, around 7% of the Liverpool total - in just 1% of the city’s geographical area. Many are highly-skilled knowledge based jobs, the key driver for the development of modern cities - in particular in the bio-sciences, health related research and practice, and digital technology.
A cluster of activity sits at the interface of the universities in the Brownlow Hill area of the city centre.
Main Retail Area
Main Retail Area
The RIBA award winning Liverpool One retail project was completed in 2008 by Grosvenor Developments and has set the benchmark for city centre regeneration. The 1.4 million sq. feet of retail space includes a 14-screen multiplex cinema and 230,000 sq. feet of restaurants, cafes and bars in addition to 600 new apartments, two hotels, offices, a five-acre park and a transport interchange.
Liverpool One is now a vibrant and economically successful retail, leisure and mixed-use quarter – providing Liverpool with an entirely revitalised city centre that now connects seamlessly with the docks, arena and museums on the waterfront.
The £75m Met Quarter retail development was opened in 2006 and is situated between Whitechapel and Victoria Street within the shell of the former Post Office building of 1894. Close to Liverpool One and the tourist magnet of Mathew Street the Met Quarter provides two floors of aspirational designer brands such as Gieves & Hawkes, L.K. Bennett and Jack Wills.
Stanley Street Quarter
Staley Street Quarter is the de facto gay quarter of the city. There is a vibrant night time economy of bars, pubs and clubs which cater for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
This is overlaid by local businesses of small retail outlets, offices and some residential properties catering to the wider community.
The direction of the area and the formulation of a defined strategy: The Stanley Street Strategic Direction for a vital urban quarter is ensuring that the area is being actively developed and promoted. This strategy is harnessing the potential in the area, particularly from the LGB&T community and other key stakeholders to create a first rate destination for residents and visitors.
Ropewalks lies on the eastern edge of the city centre directly behind the Liverpool One retail development. A traditional 19th century street pattern originally comprising maritime warehouses and merchant houses the long narrow streets remain much the same as they were 200 years ago.
Sitting partly within the World Heritage Site, the Ropewalks area has a variety
of other building types scattered throughout the area, including the Lyceum (1800-2) on Bold Street, the Music Hall (1852-3) on the corner of Bold Street and Concert Street. Towards the top end of the area the ‘bombed out church’ of St Luke provides a venue for arts activities and close by is the magnificent 15m high Chinese Ceremonial Archway, constructed in 2000 to celebrate Liverpool’s twinning with Shanghai. Ropewalks is also home to FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) a cutting edge cinema, art gallery and the UK's leading organisation for the support & exhibition of film, art and new media.
Today the Ropewalks area is home to a thriving night time economy and has developed a reputation as a bohemian creative quarter.
For more information on Ropewalks visit: www.ropewalksliverpool.com or download the areas development framework here.
Liverpool’s city centre waterfront has transformed dramatically over the past 5 years, with major schemes including the development of Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool and new hotels including Jury’s Inn and Staybridge.
At Albert Dock, an extensive programme of environmental and infrastructure improvements have been implemented including new lighting, signposting and pedestrian access – is improving the destination offer.
The Pier Head has transformed dramatically with the development The City of Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal which attracts visits from some of the largest liners on the European circuit.
The Leeds - Liverpool Canal Link provides unbroken access for narrow boats to newly constructed berths in the south docks. The Mersey Ferries Terminal – including a cafe, restaurant, 4D cinema and Beatles Story exhibition.
The Museum of Liverpool opened on July 19 2011 in a purpose-built landmark building on Liverpool's waterfront. The Museum of Liverpool is the largest newly-built national museum in the UK for over a hundred years. Beneath its stone cladding is a complex steel frame which allows large column-free spaces. This is perfect for creating flexible displays within the galleries.
The waterfront’s Mann Island has been awarded ‘Regeneration Development of the Year’ for bringing an area back into sustainable economic use.The stunning black granite buildings make a striking architectural statement set around a South and West facing central public realm and Plaza. The area overlooks a tiered canal basin with locks, linking the Pier Head with the Albert Dock complex.
The Liverpool Waters vision involves regenerating a 60 hectare historic dockland site to create a world-class, high-quality, mixed use waterfront quarter in central Liverpool. The scheme will create a unique sense of place, taking advantage of the sites’ cultural heritage and integrating it with exciting and sustainable new developments. Liverpool Waters will contribute substantially to the growth and development of the city, allowing ease of movement and strong connections between Northshore, its hinterland, and the city centre. It will accommodate new and existing residents, create tens of thousands of new jobs, attract national and international businesses, and encourage a significant increase in the number of visitors to the city.
Peel Holding’s ambitious vision for the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone is one of the City Region’s most important regeneration and investment opportunities.