EdgE LanE Project Issue 7 June 2009 EdgE LanE wEst aLL systEms go Plans to regenerate the Edge Lane corridor are progressing after the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) secured a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for 371 properties on Edge Lane West. Following a High Court hearing at the end of March, a challenge to the confirmed CPO was dismissed. Liverpool Vision, together with partners HCA (previously English Partnerships), the Northwest Regional Development Agency, Liverpool City Council and Kensington Regeneration are working to deliver the long-awaited transformation of this area. • Changing the line of the road to To date 322 properties have The Edge Lane West scheme will make it an urban boulevard been acquired and negotiations help transform the wider Edge Lane • Safe pedestrian crossing points are continuing to acquire the corridor into a major gateway into remaining 49. the city, designed not only to give a • A much safer and improved environment However, if necessary, CPO positive first impression to visitors, powers will be used to ensure the but also to meet the needs of the Eliot Lewis-Ward , HCA Area scheme moves forward and in such communities in the area. Director for Merseyside and circumstances Liverpool Vision It will include: Cheshire, said that improvements will give as much advance notice would be far reaching: “This • Around 280 new homes as possible to affected property positive decision will mean owners. • New and improved retail facilities completion of the remaining areas, to the ultimate benefit of residents, A demolition programme is currently • New employment floorspace businesses and the city as a whole. being devised and is to be shared • A new state-of-the-art health Regeneration work along the rest with the community before any centre of the Edge Lane corridor has been work begins. In the meantime there • A new access and much progressing well and is already will be a number of demolitions on improved setting for Kensington bringing economic and community health and safety grounds which will Primary School and the Life Bank benefits.” begin soon. HaLL LanE woRK undER way Work has started on the first New road alignments will take phase of a scheme to relieve traffic away from the residential one of the biggest traffic areas of Hall Lane and Towerlands problems in Liverpool. Street and will be a dual The Hall Lane Strategic Gateway carriageway for most of its length. scheme is a £20m project which There will be a new junction at will greatly improve the route into West Derby Street/Crown Street the city centre from the M62, directing traffic north along a as well as removing a notorious new stretch of road towards bottleneck. Low Hill and then on to Islington, The first phase of the project or south along a realigned Grove involves site clearance, the Street. acquisition of buildings, demolition for Transport are continuing about The junction at Low Hill will be of some buildings and work on the funding for the main phase of improved and this new link will utilities diversions. the work and it is expected the improve traffic flow between work will start later in the summer. Islington and Grove Street. Cllr Peter Millea (pictured), Funding is also being provided Executive Member for Assets and under the European Regional Pedestrian facilities will be Development, said: “The Hall Lane Development Fund. provided at all traffic signal scheme will provide much better controlled junctions and cycling access into the city centre and a The scheme will improve the facilities are also being introduced. much better environment for the situation for traffic heading to the The scheme will include extensive neighbourhood. city centre from Edge Lane, which landscaping, including tree currently must turn either right into planting, and improved lighting. “It will also provide a new frontage Hall Lane or left into Towerlands to the Royal Liverpool Hospital Street at the top of Mount Vernon A residents’ parking scheme is development and be part of a Green. Both of these routes are being prepared for the Kensington much better gateway to the city.” residential roads and traffic is Fields area. Work is due to be Discussions with the Department subject to delay. completed by spring 2011. CHRIstmas staRt FoR nEw HomEs The construction of new Communities, said: “It’s great homes in Edge Hill is set to to see such good progress begin by the end of the year. continuing in the Edge Hill area Bellway Homes Ltd, the city which will lead to more new council’s development partner, homes for local residents and is in the process of submitting their families in the New Year.” final detailed plans this summer The demolition programme which build on the masterplan started in June 2008 and and design code approved last more than 60 properties have September. been demolished. Prominent Already significant progress has commercial blocks along the been made within the Edge Wavertree Road frontage to the Hill clearance/redevelopment area will be demolished over the area in acquiring properties, coming months. providing relocation solutions The area bounded by Dorothy for residents and demolishing Street, Wavertree Road, Durning vacant properties. Road and Gladstone Road Cllr Marilyn Fielding, Executive will be cleared and ready for Member for Safer, Stronger redevelopment by the end of the year. RoCKEt JunCtIon nEws In BRIEF wELComEs VIsItoRs LandsCaPIng wItH nEw CIty Logo Landscaping work on Edge Lane, managed by Liverpool Vision, has been recognised for its excellence. The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) gave the highest award for hard landscaping on regeneration projects valued at over £1.5m to contractor English Landscapes. Work included environmental improvements, upgraded street lighting, better Visitors to Liverpool will be up-lighting following cleaning and kerbs and footways and the greeted by the city’s new logo painting of the flyover. planting of more than 200 trees. when they come off the M62 at Rob Monaghan, Head of The Edge Lane Project the Rocket Junction. Gateways at Liverpool Vision, said: has previously been highly Following the end of Capital “The 08 logos have remained in commended in the North of Culture, six of the pillars place for the first quarter of the West Regional Construction supporting the flyover are to be year as a legacy of 2008 and while Awards. It will now become a re-clad with the new Liverpool Liverpool’s rebranding exercise demonstration project for BALI. logo to replace the 08 logos, and was being carried out. We are sure will also be backlit to provide a that the new logos will be equally REtaIL PaRK dramatic night-time effect. as effective.” Liverpool City Council and The original logos were installed The new logos will be installed Liverpool Vision are working at the end of 2007, along with during the last week of June. with the owners of the retail park, Derwent Holdings, on a masterplan and development InnoVatIon PaRK - framework to remodel the area. nEw Road sEt to It is also hoped that discussions with Derwent, oPEn In tHE summER who own a significant amount of property in Edge Lane Central, will also lead to The new road at Liverpool Gateways explains, more interim treatment of some Innovation Park will be open business space will soon be of the worst sites prior to to traffic in the summer. available: redevelopment. The site, which also contains “The entrance to the park looks enhanced public space spectacular and the new road including a new linear park, is we’re building from Edge Lane home to one of the jewels in to Wavertree Road will open up Liverpool’s knowledge corridor. a further 11.5 acres of serviced Liverpool Innovation Park, owned development plots, allowing by Space Northwest, already more high calibre businesses to has around 1m sq ft of office, move in, bringing further activity Research and Development and and economic benefits to this light industrial accommodation important area of the city.” in units from 500 sq ft to 80,000 For further information sq ft, but as Rob Monaghan, go to http://www. Liverpool Vision’s Head of liverpoolinnovationpark.com nEw sCHooL PLannEd at LandmaRK LIttLEwoods sItE Liverpool City Council to improve or rebuild all of has applied for planning Liverpool’s secondary schools. permission to relocate two The programme aims to secondary schools on the revolutionise how learning is site of the former Littlewoods offered, introduce changes in ICT building and the Innovation usage and encourage schools to Park. open facilities for full community The site on Edge Lane has use. been chosen due to its excellent The scheme will retain the location on the city’s ‘knowledge iconic art deco features of the corridor’, which stretches from Margaret’s C of E High School is Littlewoods complex while the Innovation Park to the part of the City Council’s Building adding modern 21st century new University area. Schools for the Future (BSF) buildings as well as including The application to co-locate programme, which will bring improvements to community Archbishop Blanch School and St £500m of capital investment sports provision. ECo-FRIEndLy aPaRtmEnts at ‘VILLas’ sItE Work on a new residential Housing Group in partnership scheme on Edge Lane is with builders the Seddon Group. expected to start early next The building will be built using year. timber frame with feature block The Villas site, on the junction work, cedar cladding and of Edge Lane and Alford Road, render finishes and has been opposite Liverpool Innovation designed to achieve Eco Homes Park, will see the construction “Excellent” rating while providing of 17 two-bedroom residential a secure and safe environment units in a four-storey apartment for the residents as measured block with secure parking, by “Secure by Design”. landscaped areas and top On completion the units will floor apartments with terrace be available for sale or shared gardens. ownership. Formally the location of two For further information derelict Victorian villas, the site contact Chris McAllister at will be developed by Plus Dane Plus Dane on 0151 708 4623 The Edge Lane Project is being delivered by a group of partners comprising: For more information contact Liverpool Vision, The Capital, 39 Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9PP Tel: 0151 600 2900 Fax: 0151 600 2970 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Copies of this newsletter can be made available in other languages, on tape or in Braille if required.