The development will now be known as Baltic View and will also feature nine office units totalling 1,174 sqm on the ground and first floors to accommodate businesses in the digital and creative sectors, complemented by storage space for up to 100 bicycles.
Liverpool City Council approved the plans last week and contractors are already on site to begin work on the scheme, which is expected to be complete in 2020.
Appointed contractor Crossfield Construction expects to create ten new full-time jobs, in addition to as many as 400 workers on site through its local supply chain.
Crossfield Exclusive Developments is a joint venture between Crossfield Group and Exclusive Investments; its directors and senior management are all Liverpool-born and educated. Crossfield Construction is a division of Crossfield Group.
The revised scheme has been designed by architect Brock Carmichael, which supported Crossfield Exclusive Developments in securing planning consent.
Phil Malthouse, associate at Brock Carmichael commented on the design of Baltic House: “The Baltic quarter was host to a significant portion of Liverpool’s global trade during the 18th and early 19th Century and it bares the marks of this legacy. The design took its inception from the visual legacy left in this urban fabric and offers a contemporary interpretation, from the vertical extrusions of surrounding warehouse structures, vertical loading bays and irregular rooflines, to the old red brick and steel of their materials, steeped in maritime and industrial history. Positioned between Norfolk and Brick Street, it was important to maintain the urban grain and character that the historic street layout defines. It maintains the island formed by the streets around it, in both form and programme. The pragmatic modular fenestration is employed by industrial buildings both old and new, and used here with the strong vertical elements of brick and curtain wall, reflecting the environment, broken with horizontal bands of steel section.”
David Cain, director at Crossfield Group, said: “We have worked closely with Liverpool City Council over many months and we are pleased that the planning committee shares our vision for the transformative potential of this site. Baltic View will be a new dawn for the site and our local, experienced team is committed to creating a development that provides a positive, enduring addition to the area.”
David Ayem, director at Exclusive Investments, said: “The Baltic Triangle is at the epicentre of Liverpool’s creative community and at Baltic View we are determined to deliver a development that has genuine synergy with its neighbours. We have wasted little time in getting this development underway and we are excited to see it beginning to take shape.”
Liam Kelly, chair of the Baltic Triangle area company, said: “We are really pleased to see the stalled development site back on track. It’s really encouraging to see the site now being developed by Crossfield Group, who share in the area’s vision and have engaged with the stakeholders right from the start. This is an example of how the area can retain its identity and continue to see positive growth over the coming years, with everyone working together.”