Piling is soon to begin on the largest development built in central Liverpool since the Liverpool One scheme, a high-tech version of Chinatown that looks like it escaped from Blade Runner.
The project features a cluster of angular buildings up to 20 storeys in height with a total of 800 new homes, plus 20,000 square metres of retail space and a new hotel.
The scheme is being developed by North Point Global, which is actually the development company of Liverpudlian construction firm, PHD1 who bought the site from Urban Splash after its failed development which was called Tribeca.
It's been design by BLOK Architecture as an attempt to regenerate what was one Europe's oldest Chinatown but is now a largely vacant site. This was once a bustling hub of trade and culture between Liverpool, one of the greatest cities in the British Empire, and the Qing Empire in China. With China's star now ascendant, the hopes that the historic links between the city and the People's Republic can be resurrected are one of the main drivers behind the scheme.
Starting the project will be phase one, a lower rise building set along Hardy Street with 145 apartments ranging from studios to two bedroom duplexes. Successive phases include the taller buildings, and most notably a 12,000 square meter retail space inspired by a traditional Chinese bazaar with the final phase due for completion in 2019.