Construction workers in Liverpool are increasingly needing a good head for heights these days as a number of tall buildings are in the pipeline - and two more are on the way.
Peel Land and Property has succeeded in getting planning permission for the Plaza 1821 and Hive City Dock projects, which will cost £76 million to build and form part of the Liverpool Waters development. Both will be part of a private residential scheme (PRS) apartment development, with Plaza 1821 holding over 100 apartments and Hive City Dock 278 apartments, plus a top-floor restaurant.
Hive City will be 31 storeys tall and will add to the growing number skyscrapers in the city. At present, just one building fits the definition of a skyscraper - a habitable building of at least 100 metres in height - but this is changing fast. Of the planned skyscrapers, Ovatus 2, a 480 ft building, is set to be the tallest, but Peel's own plans for the central Docks area could eventually see 1,000 apartments built, with the tallest rising to 44 storeys.
Plaza 1821 will cost £21 million to build and its name reflects the year when the Princes Dock was opened. This heritage element is an important feature of efforts to revitalise the largely disused docklands, although Unesco have placed the Liverpool Maritime City World Heritage Site on its 'endangered' list over concerns about the visual intrusion of the various large buildings planned for the riverside area.
Development director for residential at Peel Land and Property Neil Baumber said: "This is the first PRS project where Peel Land and Property will be acting as the developer of the new apartment project.
"The focus now is on getting ready for the building works and ensuring we are on site as soon as possible."
Plaza 1821 will be managed by Redwing Living, a Liverpool-based subsidiary of the Regenda Group.