Heralding 10 years of Liverpool development

We were asked by Grosvenor, the international property company, to help mark the 10th anniversary of their groundbreaking re-development of the centre of Liverpool that the city is marking this year. We worked with senior executives at Grosvenor and visited the city to help craft an account of its redevelopment that would show what a significant achievement it was

Grosvenor were determined that Liverpool ONE would show that idea of place can be a driver for large scale, city centre urban regeneration. They worked to develop the project in such a way that it seamlessly linked the development to the city’s existing grain and street pattern  rather than build a single, monolithic block that followed the design of one master planner.

The result is a 250,000 m² development that Grosvenor Europe now manages, includes more than 200 shops, some 700 apartments, two hotels, 25 restaurants, a 14-screen Odeon cinema, four office buildings, a unique five-acre public park, 2,000 car parking spaces and a public transport interchange.

The report appears as a blog on the front page of the Grosvenor website that carries a great deal of other material about ONE.

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What would devolution mean for UK cities and regions?

The business magazine, Financial Director, asked us to look at the implications for local businesses and economies if politicians actually follow up on their promises to devolve more powers to the countries, regions and cities of the UK in the wake of the Scottish referendum vote.

We spoke to a range of people including Jim O’Neill, who carried out a review for the RSA, Paul Swinney at the Centre for Cities, Steve Gilroy at the small business consultancy Vistage, Noel Tagoe at CIMA, James Nicholson-Smith at TheFDCentre and individual finance directors.

The overall feeling was that this had the potential to deliver major benefits to smaller regional economic areas as long as the process of devolution was well organised and carried out with key objectives in mind. This is likely to be  a major area for debate whichever party/ies wins the next General Election.

The article is here (split over three pages).