Lime Street: Seven Alternative Routes to its Future
After our Lime Street post last week, we spent some time with developers, Neptune. It’s clear to us that they want to do the right thing. It’s clear that the street is something of a poisoned chalice – having been left to rot by successive absent landlords, failed schemes, recession-thwarted new beginnings and dithering councils.
We know, too, that what we’ve been presented with is, already, streets ahead of the horror that is the Skelhorne Street student gulag.
A budget hotel, each room themed and decorated by an artist or designer. A rolling programme of commissions ensures a unique stay every time you visit and celebrates Liverpool’s creative community.
A lush internal winter garden, offering a child-friendly place to play, meet, and relax, within the backdrop of the remains of the Futurist Cinema. A new internal structure provides band rehearsal space and the central atrium features a performance space, music shop and independent retail pop-ups and small units.
Based within a 9-storey landmark adjacent to Lime Street station, Learn:Live:Love Liverpool, offers an information gateway for visitors to Liverpool. Facilities include events booking, transport info, locally produced gifts, bike hire and tours, left luggage & pop-up food stalls. Upper floors provide a budget capsule hotel and augmented reality learning/info space centred on the city.
We, SevenStreets, know that Neptune has to make the numbers stack up. That not all of these schemes are, really, designed to go the distance. That, maybe, the end is nigh for the crumbling bulk of the Futurist (shameful though that is). And that Costa Coffee is inevitably going to sneak in. We can live with this. But these schemes do offer something tangible: a strong argument against the homogeneity and blandness currently on offer. A chance for the street to celebrate a sense of place: a place we can call home.
We really hope architects Broadway Malyan listen to the city. We, the people of Liverpool, should be the city’s aesthetic gatekeepers. Because we know of old what happens when we leave those decisions to councillors and developers alone.