Liverpool’s new retail destination
The new shopping and leisure centre, Circus, formerly known as Central Village in Liverpool is a new scheme developed in collaboration with Augur Group, Liverpool City and Network Rail and comprises 400,000 ft2 of the Grade II-listed Lewis’s building and surrounding land.
The existing building on Ranelagh Street which opened in 1856 was built on the site of the original store after it was largely destroyed in World War Two. It closed in 2010 and the premises have since housed a hotel, gym and NHS offices.
The site will offer more than 275,000 ft2 of retail and leisure space across five floors. In addition to the existing 126-room Adagio Hotel, the scheme will offer 70,000 ft2 of Grade A refurbished office space over four floors and a 25,000 ft2 Pure Gym on the lower ground floor.
The planned development lies adjacent to the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ) and adjoins the Liverpool Central Station which will be expanded to create a more pleasant environment for the growing passenger numbers which reached 16 million in 2015/2016, making it one of the busiest rail stations in the UK.
‘Lime Square’- a gateway to the city
At the heart of KQ is ‘Lime Square’, the new proposed epicentre of Liverpool, that will act as a gateway to the rest of the city, forming areas of high-quality public realm connecting with the retail district. This will involve a major overhaul of the crossroads adjacent to the Adelphi Hotel and Lewis’s building linking the built environment to the natural environment.
The area will be transformed into a vibrant part of the city with new shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, gyms and university space. A key component of the gateway will be the new commercial space for tech and digital businesses, alongside futuristic educational space.
Waterman has been appointed to provide structural and civil engineering services as well as expert rail liaison interface with Network Rail and Mersey Rail. Having established the site controls with the design team, we are developing a sympathetic proposal which involves a top-down phased construction solution that will provide Augur with a base for their above-track development. This approach will also allow Network Rail to undertake maintenance and future station improvements during the construction phase.
Creating a brand new destination
Jody Pearce, Waterman’s Structures Director, commented; “We are delighted to be working alongside Augur on this exciting new retail scheme that will transform Liverpool into a prime location with huge potential for people to come together for leisure and work.”
Developer Augur Group is currently working on the refurbishment which involves cleaning the stonework, restoring historic features inside the building and installing a new lighting scheme.
Simon Mann, Chief Executive of Augur Group, commented in a recent interview: “In developing Circus, we are restarting the regeneration of the Lewis’s Building, bringing back to life a significant and historic landmark in the city and creating a brand new, mixed-use destination for the people of Liverpool.”
Work on the scheme is due to commence before the end of 2018.