Ambitious plans for a massive redevelopment of the Cains Brewery site in the Baltic Triangle have been approved by planners, following a successful lobbying bid by owners the Dusanj brothers.
While all brewing on the site was suspended earlier this year, the £150m village will include a smaller craft-style brewery and retain the existing Brewery Tap pub.
The Dusanj brothers intend to turn the site into a significant retail and leisure complex to extend the southern reach of the city centre and connect to the marina, with plans for a four-screen cinema, boutique hotel, gym, food and drink courtyard, upscale supermarket, artisan food hall and a rooftop ‘sky’ bar amid the listed redbrick exterior. This first phase is due to be completed by 2016.
A second phase will include housing developments and should boost footfall in the Baltic Triangle area, while a much-mooted reopening of the Northern Line’s St James’ Station on the corner of Parliament Street and Park Road would seem slightly more likely.
Sticking points might be the projected 500 parking spaces to cater for a projected 775 “high-quality’ homes or (our italics) 2,500 student flats. We know where we’d put our money.
At a Baltic Traingle CIC meeting this Summer Sudarghara Dusanj outlined his plans for the site, which included a large supermarket that he explained would ideally be occupied by Waitrose, whose nearest store to Liverpool city centre is currently Formby, 12 miles away.
While we can’t quite see the attraction to Waitrose of opening a store in a light industrial area quite yet, the Baltic will get a significant shot in the arm if the Dusanj’s visions come to fruition.
The search now starts for potential operators of the hotel, supermarket and cinema.