This proposal will also act as a civic catalyst for the next stage of growth and realisation of Liverpool City Council’s strategic action plan towards the delivery of a zero-carbon economy.
The proposal is a model for sustainable mixed-use development and is a scheme made up of a varied, but complementary, mix of future proofed adaptable spaces. The concept has been developed in collaboration with https://www.feedingcities.info/ and the work they are doing to promoting a design and planning approach which is based around a circular food economy.
This ‘Green City Hub’ is an urban concept for creating an essential service node offering a mix of smart new facilities that can be integrated into the existing city-wide networks of, local food systems, energy infrastructure, transportation, and waste management. This project is an adjoining phase of the neighbouring Norton’s site development and will create a significant extension of its active public realm, bringing forward proposals to reclaim Greenland Street for a variety of social activities such as a Pop up Park, festival events, and other community activities etc.
The proposals include a residential apartment building, ground floor commercial and education space, and a ‘future proofed’ car and cycle parking hub to support the commercial growth of the area. The car park being designed for the anticipated movement away from fuel based car travel, increased automation, electric vehicles, and a community car share club, and has a structure designed for adaptability allowing it to be reclaimed for different future uses as the demand changes for this space in the future.
A rooftop urban farm and working green façades to support a local food economy are integral to the scheme and will establish a ‘food focus’ and local supply, for the ground floor food experiences (café bars and restaurants) that will also combine to re-vitalise and enhance the current urban street life. Linking the development to the spirit that already exists which has been created by the dynamic independent commercial leisure venues operating in the Baltic Triangle. Integrated food production techniques clearly on view, will also bring a public awareness and many social benefits promoting a health and wellbeing focused scheme. Huge scale integrated art façade opportunities can also be realised, maintaining a physical and emotional link with the arts, social, and living communities already established within the Baltic.