£1.4m Liverpool city centre facelift entering its final phase
Road resurfacing, tree planting, and improved street lighting among elements of the scheme.
A £1.4m scheme to revamp the pavements in Liverpool’s commercial district is entering its final phase.
A 12-week programme to transform Edmund Street is now under way, while work on improving the remaining two city centre streets – North John Street and Eberle Street – will get under way in January.
The other areas included in the scheme – namely Leather Lane, Bixteth Street and Old Hall Street – have been completed.
The upgrades involve improving footways and kerbs, road resurfacing, tree planting, improving street lighting and re-arranging street furniture.
The Commercial District BID organisation has invested £900,000 in the two-year scheme, raised via a levy on businesses, while Liverpool city council invested a further £500,000 to upgrade Water Street in 2016.
Jim Gill, chairman of the Commercial District BID, which represents more than 850 businesses, said: “Upgrading the public realm is a critical part of a much wider programme to enhance the experience of the commercial district and its appeal as the place to do business in Liverpool.”
Alison Lobb, managing partner at Morecrofts solicitors, which is based in Cotton Exchange on Old Hall Street, said: ‘’Following our move to Old Hall Street in January we are delighted to see the progress that has been made in this area over the time we have been here.
“Our staff and clients have commented on how the improvements make it such a better place to work and do business. It has given all the businesses in the area a real boost just through being a much nicer place to be.”
The public realm programme is part of a wider four-year programme of works across the city, which includes a new city centre “connectivity” scheme including new and improved signage and lighting, dedicated coach parking, more priority for pedestrians and cyclists, and a review of bus routes to reduce delays. This is due to be delivered from 2017 to 2019.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport said: “These works are a vital step in improving the experience of the commercial district. It will make a considerable difference to businesses and other city centre users and shows our commitment to working with the BID Company to improving the commercial district.”