Docklands transformation to creativity district takes a step closer

The dramatic transformation of 125 acres of former docklands into a “creativity district” as part of a wider masterplan for North Liverpool, generating in excess of 2,500 new jobs, will take a step closer to reality next week.

A report will go to Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet next Friday (September 29) seeking approval for the draft Ten Streets Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) to go out to public consultation.

The key document sets out a planning framework and key principles to shape development on the 125 acre site – at the heart of which lies the Ten Streets creativity district. The SRF presents a vision, illustrative masterplan, and a set of design and development principles to guide the future development of the wider site over the next 15 – 20 years.

A six week long public consultation is expected to begin in early October, and following feedback the final SRF is anticipated to return to the cabinet in December for approval and formal adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The SPD document will assist in the determination of all future planning applications and any potential use of the Council’s Compulsory Purchase Orders – both in the Ten Streets creativity district and surrounding areas, with the overall SRF area having been set out into six distinct zones running from Leeds Street in the south to the land adjacent to Bramley Moore Docks in the north.

Liverpool City Council recently procured HOW Planning and shedkm to undertake the task of shaping the Ten Streets SRF, which is proposing controls on the design and height of new developments as well as ensuring commercial development and affordable rents within the Ten Streets district are protected.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “Ten Streets is a long term project but we need to get the right foundations in place so can deliver something unique in the UK. This new framework document will no doubt be of huge interest to everyone who wants to see the transformation of this part of north Liverpool and the public consultation will be critical to shaping its direction.”

The Ten Streets vision, launched earlier this year, unveiled 10 big ideas to regenerate the northern edge of the city centre and the landmark Tobacco warehouse at Stanley Dock, which lies within Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.

The proposed creativity district lies within the poorest ward in the UK – Kirkdale – has the potential for up to 1 million square foot of development and the council is keen to attract creative companies and enterprises to flourish alongside artistic organisations.

Situated on Liverpool’s Atlantic Corridor, next to Peel’s £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, Ten Streets is a key part of the city’s big picture regeneration vision to deliver £13 billion of investment and create 40,000 new jobs over the next ten years.

As a predominantly creative and employment district, the proposals for Ten Streets will complement other emerging employment areas like the Knowledge Quarter and Liverpool Waters.

Neil Lucas, Partner at HOW Planning, said: “This is a key stage in what is an ambitious and important project that will contribute significantly to the ongoing evolution of the North Docks area, and create a new vibrant destination within the City. We have worked closely with the City Council and key stakeholders in the preparation of the draft document and look forward to hearing feedback and finalising our proposals.”

Hazel Rounding, director of shedkm, said: “The plans for how the Ten Streets area of the city might play out are now at an exciting stage where we can share our views with the public. shedkm are really excited to be part of the strategic thinking on how the future of the city will shape itself and knit in to its existing fabric and World Heritage assets; informing the tone of the Architecture of the city moving forwards.”

Liverpool City Council has already made a big commitment to improving transport infrastructure in the area and is currently investing £100m in upgrading the roads, creating a new Cruise terminal and is in talks to establish new rail connections.

The city council also approved Regional Growth Fund to be invested in The Kazimier’s Invisible Wind Factory which is seen as one of the primary creative incubators in the district. Other key partners in the Ten Streets scheme also include Harcourt Developments, owners of Stanley Dock.



The 10 ideas that underpin the Ten Streets vision (see for more info or follow on Twitter via @TenstreetsL3):

1. An Engine for Growth – Ten Streets is a key piece in Liverpool’s future economic vision and will be an engine for growth and renewal as a new cultural enterprise industry hub with the potential to create up to 2,500 jobs and to generate additional business rate income for the city.

2. A Cultural stage – Building on the trailblazing work of Kazimier, Make Liverpool and Sound City, the area’s emerging reputation as a ground-breaking cultural and events destination will be strengthened with a stunning new theatre and music venue built

around an international quality performance programme.

3. Embracing Innovation – Ten Streets will be a neighbourhood with its own ambience and energy, reflecting its maritime heritage, but also a vivid expression of cutting-edge style, architectural invention, smart technology and sustainability.

4. Making new Connections – Create an open, permeable neighbourhood easily accessible to all transport modes. More than £100m investment on Great Howard St (A565), Regent Road and investment in new rail connections will be the key to connecting

Ten Streets to the wider city and city centre.

5. Creating new spaces – Squares, public spaces and pocket parks will be an essential part of Ten Streets’ creative alchemy – with a new pedestrian and cycle-friendly avenue, at the heart of a vibrant and open neighbourhood.

6. A Creative catalyst – It’s vital that Ten Streets can make space for every kind and scale of creative innovator and sites and buildings will be specifically allocated for start-up businesses, artists, independent creatives and makers.

7. Thriving community – The scale and style of residential development within Ten Streets will be tailored to safeguard its mixed-use, commercial and creative identity.

8. A Vibrant destination – Interesting, diverse and independent places to eat and drink will be vital ingredients to the area’s appeal to those who want to work, live and invest there and a distinctive, diverse and independent leisure and hospitality offer will be encouraged.

9. Celebrating Heritage – The Ten Streets area sits within Liverpool’s Mercantile World Heritage Site boundary and contains some of the city’s most important and dramatic maritime architecture. Conserving and refurbishing all the area’s Listed and important

heritage buildings, will be a priority starting with Liverpool’s largest Listed structure – the Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Dock.

10. A Collaborative approach – Ten Streets is a different kind of regeneration project. There is no blueprint. Success will depend on collaboration with local businesses, new occupiers, investors and co-creators to support and nurture an identity that is

already emerging and fulfils the potential of the area’s extraordinary assets.