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The iconic Northwesten Hotel next to Lime Street Station is to be turned back into a hotel once again. It has been student halls for John Moores University since 1996, but now the building is to become a hotel once again as early as 2019. The hotel market in Liverpool has grown significantly in recent years and with Lime Street Station next door catering for more than 20 million passengers plus it is a very central location. The building was built originally by the Northwestern Railway Company and designed by Liverpool at architect Sir Alfred Waterhouse who also designed The Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall.

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Talking about Lime Street Station this at the moment has 340M of investment to the station, which is the biggest upgrade since the 19C . There will be two new platforms to allow longer trains and new routes one being to Scotland and also North Wales via Liverpool South Parkway ( for Liverpool Airport ) and Chester. By 2043 passenger figures are scheduled to double according to Northwestern Route MD Martin Frobisher, the development is vital.

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Looks a great station. I've never used it. The nearest I've come is Warrington Central into and out of Manchester. Bristol Temple Meads has been waiting years for a 'mere' £100 million upgrade but Network Rail keeps stalling.

Its been a long time coming, and there will of course be disruption before its over, but in the long run it will be worth it.
 

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The iconic Northwesten Hotel next to Lime Street Station is to be turned back into a hotel once again. It has been student halls for John Moores University since 1996, but now the building is to become a hotel once again as early as 2019. The hotel market in Liverpool has grown significantly in recent years and with Lime Street Station next door catering for more than 20 million passengers plus it is a very central location. The building was built originally by the Northwestern Railway Company and designed by Liverpool at architect Sir Alfred Waterhouse who also designed The Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall.

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I can't believe this was use for student accommodation. It will be good to see it being used for something a little more appropriate for the location.
 

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I can't believe this was use for student accommodation. It will be good to see it being used for something a little more appropriate for the location.
You know when i first came to the NW it was just closed up completely and had been for years, so it will be nice to see it being used for what it was meant for. I wonder if the students have been told yet !!!
 

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_96739432_d8385147-7cc3-40f3-92d7-c117760bd17f.jpg The city council is to restrict heights of skyscrapers which were planned to be built close by to the famous waterfront of Liverpool. The city has UNESCO status and the nearby construction was putting this in jeopardy. The council is to put in place more planning guidelines to protect the status.
 

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The research analysed the growth prospects of 24 leading urban economies

Published byEDITORRichard Bellon21 FEB 2018

Liverpool City Region among UK's top investment destinations, says study
The Liverpool City Region is one of the UK’s top four growth hot spots, according to new data.

A report from global design and infrastructure consultancy Arcadis placed Liverpool ahead of Manchester and London as an investment destination, behind only Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge.

The research analysed the growth prospects of 24 leading urban economies in the UK, measuring growth potential against the six key pillars of workforce and skills, infrastructure, business environment, place, city brand and housing.

City brand, infrastructure, positive business environment and quality and affordability of housing were recognised among the Liverpool City Region’s strengths.

Commenting on the findings, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “This is an encouraging report but in a sense it tells what we already know.

“External validation is always useful and helps to signal to UK and international investors the huge opportunities that exist within the city and wider City Region.”

He added: “Devolution gives us a huge opportunity to realise that potential by prioritising the areas identified in this report. Our focus on skills, renewable energy, digital connectivity, transport and housing will further increase our attractiveness as an investment destination.”

Mark Basnett, managing director of the Liverpool City Region LEP, said: “Liverpool City Region is increasingly being recognised as a dynamic, outward-looking international city region and reports that highlight our attractiveness for inward investment are always welcome.

“Going forward, we are working to continue to attract such investment through the establishment of a comprehensive business-led Internationalisation Strategy for the City Region.”

He continued: “This strategy will build on our globally competitive sector strengths and capabilities and our capacity for innovation that will ultimately increase trade and attract talent, visitors and investment from key global markets.”
 

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Relates to the whole of the north :-

Analysis: What Transport for the North’s new powers mean Transport for the North’s new statutory footing means the region can speak with a unified voice on an issue which more than any other lays bare England’s North-South divide. It is welcome news in a region where it still takes longer to travel from Liverpool to Hull by train than a journey by Eurostar from London to Paris. There was widespread anger last year after the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling backed another £31bn Crossrail link for London after announcing that rail electrification plans for the North of England and Wales were being scrapped. Steve Rotheram, the Mayor of Liverpool City Region, last year accused Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, of “abdicating responsibility” for the region after he said Northern transport links must be “designed and managed by the North itself”. More than 87,000 people signed a petition calling on the Government to give the region £59bn in transport investment to catch up with London. Figures from IPPR North last year, disputed by Whitehall, said planned public and private transport expenditure will see Londoners get nearly £2,000 per person, compared with £400 per person in the North. TfN’s new status means it becomes a statutory partner to the Department for Transport and its recommendations must be formally considered by the Government when important transport decisions are being taken about the North. The body will develop a strategic transport plan, co-ordinate smart-ticketing, have a voice in road and rail investment decisions, oversee franchised rail services with the DfT, construct new roads with Government agreement and decide on capital grants. But, crucially, it will not have the same revenue raising and borrowing powers as Transport for London – an outcome that led to Lord Prescott describing TfN’s statutory status as “a bloody fraud”. Theresa May said in February the two transport bodies were “two different sorts of organisation”. “Transport for London actually runs some of the transport in London and that’s why it has got the revenue stream,” she said. “Transport for the North is about co-ordinating and bringing together things across the North in a strategic way, looking at what transport structures across the North should be. So it’s a slight different sort of focus.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/norther...rt-but-lack-londons-ability-to-raise-capital/
 

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Grr!! It's not a North-South Divide. Much of South-West England is amongst the poorest areas in the UK. Even in the prosperous Bristol area there is no prospect of rail electrification into the city with its promised (and prepared) electrification plans being axed by Grayling and Hammond the chancellor. Bristol will remain the largest city in Britain with no rail electrification, and the entire country to the south-west of it has never even been promised electrification. We have to endure diesel traction even on our main lines and yet this government is intent on banning new diesel cars within the next 20 years.

The North is getting all sorts of 'goodies' even though that might pale into significance compared with the London and South-East's gravy train. Nevertheless, we in the South-West would be ecstatic to receive only a tiny fraction of what the North has been offered.

Sorry for the rant but our part of the world is always left out when the North v South debate is in the news.
 

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Grr!! It's not a North-South Divide. Much of South-West England is amongst the poorest areas in the UK. Even in the prosperous Bristol area there is no prospect of rail electrification into the city with its promised (and prepared) electrification plans being axed by Grayling and Hammond the chancellor. Bristol will remain the largest city in Britain with no rail electrification, and the entire country to the south-west of it has never even been promised electrification. We have to endure diesel traction even on our main lines and yet this government is intent on banning new diesel cars within the next 20 years.

The North is getting all sorts of 'goodies' even though that might pale into significance compared with the London and South-East's gravy train. Nevertheless, we in the South-West would be ecstatic to receive only a tiny fraction of what the North has been offered.

Sorry for the rant but our part of the world is always left out when the North v South debate is in the news.
But it has been a very long time in coming. Before The Northern Powerhouse ( whatever that is) ....there was nothing going on with transport in the North. I' m not saying the SW should not be improved of course it should, it' getting government to show any real interest beyond London.
 

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Ovatus I, left, and the 48-storey Ovatus II

Consultation launches for Liverpool’s tallest tower

A public consultation will be held today on Ovatus II, designed by architect Hodder + Partners, which if built will be Liverpool’s tallest building at 48 storeys.

CGIs were first revealed of the project in January last year, and developer 122 Old Street Limited is now preparing a planning application for the scheme, which is set to include around 530 apartments over 48 storeys, as well as an underground car park and new landscaping.

The project has already gone through the pre-application process and the public exhibition is due to be held today between 2pm and 8:30pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Old Hall Street, ahead of a full planning application being submitted later in the year.

In a letter inviting neighbours and consultees to the event, the developer said the building would be an “architectural landmark providing high-quality residential options within the city”.

At 48 storeys, Ovatus II would top the existing West Tower on the waterfront, which reaches 40 storeys, as the city’s tallest building.
 

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Liverpool is a popular location as a films and TV, with it's Georgian Streets often used as a film set.
The art deco Littlewood Pools Building is to be a base for Twickenham Studios who has just signed a lease for 86,000 sq ft at the site.

Iconic Liverpool building is to get new lease of life as film studio

How the new studios will look

One of Liverpool’s best loved buildings is to get a new lease of life as a film studios.

Plans have been unveiled for a Hollywood standard filming complex at the former Littlewoods pools building in the city.

The owners of the building – Capital & Centric – have signed a deal with the UK’s oldest film studios Twickenham Studios.

The world-renowned Twickenham Studios is famous for its work on movies such as Blade Runner, The Italian Job, Gandhi and more recently The Martian and Baby Driver.

Images of how the £50m Littlewoods Studios will look alongside the restored 1930s art deco style building have been released.

The project will feature two new 20,000 sq ft sound stages along with supporting workshops; wardrobe and prop storage and offices.


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Liverpool regeneration specialists Capital & Centric will restore the Edge Lane building, once home to the Littlewoods Football Pools.

Twickenham Studios have signed an agreement for lease on 85,000sq ft and will become the hub’s first anchor tenant. The deal is subject to planning permission.

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric said: “Littlewoods is one of Liverpool’s most loved buildings – it’s only fitting that we give the city something they’ll be proud of.

“Twickenham Studios couldn’t be a better fit. They’ll bring a century’s worth of film-making heritage and help to write a new chapter for the creative industries in and around Liverpool.

“Relighting the excitement and buzz around Littlewoods for a new generation of creative people will be incredible.
 

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Work has just commenced on the construction of Liverpool's new cruise terminal to replace the exisiting one.

WORK BEGINS ON LIVERPOOL’S NEW CRUISE TERMINAL


An overwater jack-up platform has arrived in the River Mersey to begin site investigations on the bedrock on which much of the new facility will be built.

This jack-up platform will be working for approximately four weeks in order to establish the strength of the seabed near to the Princes Jetty.

Working around the clock, drillers, engineering geologists and support crew will be drilling a total of seven boreholes into the river bedrock, extracting and testing rock samples, to understand the geological layers – or strata – present beneath the site.

Geotechnical engineers are simultaneously drilling a further seven boreholes on land in Princes Parade to carry out ground investigations.

The results for both river and land tests will then determine the design of the piled foundations for the terminal, which will contain a suspended deck, and the associated facilities.

The investigation works are funded by Liverpool City Council, designed and supervised by AECOM Ltd. and performed by Fugro GeoServices Ltd.

The new facility, which replace the current terminal, will enable the city to welcome the world’s biggest cruise ships to its UNESCO listed World Heritage waterfront.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool is used to welcoming majestic vessels to the Mersey, like the Queen Victoria the other day, but this unusual looking jack-up platform is arguably our most critical visitor this year given the importance of the work its carrying out.

“It is a symbolic moment for the next chapter in the city’s maritime future as these site investigations will determine the foundations upon which our new Cruise Terminal will be built.

“The city is working with the very best in the engineering industry to deliver this very complex project which shows our determination to create a world class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers.

“Much work is still to be done but it will be fascinating to see the terminal begin to rise out of the river later this year.

“This new cruise facility will be a huge boost to our visitor economy plans to regenerate the North Liverpool docklands and create thousands of new jobs which is why we’re putting together the best team of experts to ensure we build this facility to the very highest standards.”

Andrew Merritt, an Engineering Geologist with AECOM Ltd, supervising the investigation said: “It is a pleasure to be involved in such a prestigious and long-awaited engineering project.

“Similarly, it is a privilege to work closely with colleagues at Liverpool City Council to assist them in fulfilling their wishes to regenerate one of Liverpool’s great landmarks.”

Liverpool City Council recently appointed one of the UK’s leading building and civil engineering contractors McLaughlin & Harvey to carry out the first stage of a two stage design and build contract.

The first stage will consist of supporting the council’s appointed design team, led by Ramboll UK, to finalise the design and construction method, including completing enabling works such as the controlled dismantling of the existing derelict Princess Jetty, which has been gifted to the city by Peel Land and Property.

They will also establish the final construction costs by inviting competitive sub-contract prices for each package of works in advance of the second stage main contract award, whilst designing out construction risks. McLaughlin & Harvey will also be fully supporting the Liverpool in Work programme to provide and promote engagement with local subcontractors and suppliers, and offer local employment opportunities.

The main contract works involve the construction on a suspended deck structure and the erection of a vehicular linkspan bridge and pedestrian bridge / walkway to connect the new terminal to the existing landing stage.

It also includes improvements to the existing landing stage, including modification of existing buildings such as the lower cruise terminal reception building, relocation of the building on the northern end of the pontoon and creation of an ancillary buildings for storage and use by operational staff; improvements to Princes Parade to incorporate pedestrian crossing facilities, provision of terminal parking, pickup and drop off facilities, and supporting development.

This year Liverpool will welcome more than 57 vessels, with 100,000 passengers and crew, but the council wants to capitalise on the cruise boom by creating a state of the art passenger and baggage facility, complete with passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank and vehicle pick up point, to cater for Liverpool’s growing appeal in the cruise industry. The current terminal generates more than £7m a year to the city’s economy.

Now that the outline planning application for the new facility was approved by the council’s Planning Committee, in April, site preparation at Princes Dock, in Liverpool Waters, is expected to start in October 2018.

The council is also in the process of promoting a Harbour Revision Order through the Harbour Authority to remove the existing jetty and construct the new terminal.

Further planning applications could potentially include supplementary projects with a new 200 room hotel and 1,700+ multi-storey car park to enhance the city’s capabilities in handling the next generation of turnaround cruises, which can carry up to 3,600 passengers.
 

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Thanks Carl, will be very impressive when its finished, hopefully complimenting the 3 Graces..Crossed back to Liverpool last January, on the ferry,late on when the waterfront was lit up...Very impressive
 

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Thanks Carl, will be very impressive when its finished, hopefully complimenting the 3 Graces..Crossed back to Liverpool last January, on the ferry,late on when the waterfront was lit up...Very impressive

My mum has gone on a couple of cruises from Liverpool now with Fred Olsen Line which she's enjoyed, plus it's a bit bonus not having to do the long drive to Southampton.
 
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