Liverpool One by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects


Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, in collaboration with BDP, is the master planner and urban designer for the development area known as Liverpool One. The project is a large, retail-led mixed-use development with areas of varying scale and use. The plan is expected to improve Liverpool’s status as a special city of regional and national importance.


The Master Plan covers an area of 43 acres of new and refurbished buildings, pedestrian streets and spaces. The plan extends retail activity into the development site and provides for leisure, transport, hotel, residential, commercial and other uses. It also identifies and creates five new urban “quarters” linking the waterfront to the Rope Walks area of the city. The goal has been to respect the grain and integrity of the existing urban fabric.


The central organizing element for the entire development is Chavasse Park, which marks the site of the original pool from which Liverpool derives its name. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 2-hectare park is intended as a large-scale, delightful urban centerpiece. This multi-purpose urban park will be one of the city’s principal green spaces and the first new designed park in Liverpool since Saint John’s Garden, over 100 years ago. The park, which links the area to the Waterfront and Albert Dock, extends up from Strand Street, culminating in a series of pavilion buildings on a grand terrace. Under the park are 2,000 new car parking spaces with direct access to the shopping area.


Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is also designing One Park West, the residential project on the northwest corner of Chavasse Park. The project is envisioned as a significant landmark on the waterfront with a 380-unit, 13-story building. The building anchors the northwest edge of Chavasse Park. Balconied apartments offer views of the park, the Mersey River and the ocean beyond. The building’s curve reinforces the grand ellipse that embraces the park and the building is stepped down to the east to merge with the landform.


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