New Liverpool Chinatown

New Liverpool Chinatown

Wardell Armstrong have played a major role in the successful delivery of the £200m New Liverpool Chinatown project. The scheme, which includes 850 new homes, a hotel and "a unique Chinese retail core", has received planning permission and Phase 1 of the prestigious development is scheduled to start in January 2016.

The ambitious proposals offer a major regeneration boots for the city centre site, which developers hope to turn into a "hub for Chinese businesses and retailers keen for a foothold in the UK. "Identified as a key Northern Powerhouse project the designs for the New Chinatown, which will run along Great George Street, were presented to the delegation of Chinese president Xi Jinping during his visit to Manchester.

The site is a conspicuous gap site on one of the principal gateway to the city, immediately below the Anglican Cathedral and within the Liverpool World Heritage Buffer Zone.

Wardell Armstrong were commissioned to provide a range of environmental services consisting of heritage advice, ecological surveys, visual and townscape analysis and air quality assessments. Wardell Armstrong were able to draw upon their considerable experience of delivering complex developments within sensitive historic environmentals first gained at Liverpool Canal Link and Mann Island and most recently at Park Lane, Heaps Mill and the Baltic Triangle.

Rather than simply assess the project, Wardell Armstrong were proactively in the evolution and design of the scheme, advising on minimizing visual effects to Listed Buildings and the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site as well making recommendations for mitigating air quality impacts through the provisions of car share schemes within the overall development.