Chapman Taylor replaced by Planit-IE

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Planit-IE has replaced Chapman Taylor as masterplanner of Liverpool Waters.

A revised masterplan has been drawn up for the controversial £5.5bn project which developer Peel Holdings claims will transform the city’s waterfront.

Planning permission for the 2m sq ft development was given in 2012 for Chapman Taylor’s original masterplan. However those proposals came under fire from local groups and organisations including Unesco and English Heritage.

The latest update to the masterplan, by London-based landscape architects Planit-IE, sees the relocation of Central Park closer to the River Mersey.

Other changes include a re-imagined Clarence Square at Central Dock and alterations to the layout of various pedestrian areas to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists and maximise views of the River Mersey “where possible”.

Once completed the 60ha development will feature five new neighbourhoods running along the Mersey waterfront between Princes Dock and Bramley Moore Dock, the proposed site for the new Everton football stadium, 2km away.

Darran Lawless, development director at Liverpool Waters, said: “This really is a landmark time for the Liverpool Waters project. Following a decade of meticulous planning, we are now firmly in the delivery phase of this project, and I am excited to see these plans take shape.

“The aim of the Liverpool Waters project is an ambitious one, but one that will expand the city centre as well as creating jobs and bringing economic benefits to not only North Liverpool, but the region as a whole.”