• 9 November 2017

Waterman appointed on Circus, Liverpool

We are delighted to have been appointed on the new shopping and leisure centre, Circus, formerly known as Central Village in Liverpool. The new scheme has been developed in collaboration with Augur Group, Liverpool City and Network Rail and comprises 400,000 sq ft of the Grade II-listed Lewis’s building and surrounding land.

The site, which will offer more than 275,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space over five floors, also includes the existing 126-room Adagio Hotel, 70,000 sq ft of Grade A refurbished office space over four floors and a 25,000 sq ft Pure Gym on the lower ground floor.

The planned development lies adjacent to Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ) and adjoins the Liverpool Central Station which will be expanded to accommodate growing passenger numbers.

At the heart of KQ is ‘Lime Square’, Liverpool’s new proposed epicentre, that will act as a gateway to the rest of the city, forming areas of high-quality public realm. This will involve a major overhaul of the crossroads adjacent to the Adelphi Hotel and Lewis’s building by linking the built environment to the natural environment.

Waterman was appointed to provide structural engineering services and rail liaison interface with Network Rail and Mersey Rail on the development.

Jody Pearce, Waterman’s Structures Director, commented; “This project will sit at the heart of Liverpool’s emerging ‘Knowledge Quarter’ masterplan that was launched at MIPIM UK recently. We are delighted to be working alongside Augur on this exciting and transformational project.”

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.

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