Exclusive – Ion Developing Masterplan for Mount Pleasant.

Lime Street Developer Takes New Project

Future Liverpool can exclusively reveal that ION Development, (formerly Neptune), are working on the masterplan for Liverpool City Council that will transform the Mount Pleasant area.

This will include the demolition of the Mount Pleasant multistory car park, which Future Liverpool understands is now not issuing any parking permits for long-term stay. The car park was purchased by the city council recently in order to make way for the transformational project.

Also set to go will be the iconic 051 building, which has been home to an art house cinema, a children’s play centre, paintballing, laser quest, a branch of Smokie Mo’s and the 051 club. The club had it’s final farewell last year in a reunion celebration.

As part of the plans, the site of the former Reece’s dairy and bakery behind the famous Adelphi hotel will see regeneration, creating an overall vibrant mixed-use quarter. Reece’s was a huge Liverpool company, with many bakery shops located around the city. It also owned a ballroom and patisserie on Parker Street in the city centre.

Future Liverpool discovered the link to ION this week, which has a placeholder page on it’s new website for the Mount Pleasant masterplan. On it, ION describes their outline ambitions:

“This project is for a major redevelopment of the gateway areas of the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter centred around Brownlow Hill and Mount Pleasant. We are currently developing proposals for a mixed use project which will transform this important area of the city centre.”

ION is presently bringing forward the regeneration of Liverpool’s Lime Street, which will see modern commercial buildings replace the stretch of derelict historic structures which had become a danger.  These findings were according to various engineers working on behalf of ION and the Save the Futurist campaign, which wanted to retain the 1912 Futurist cinema as part of the project. The cinema had been closed since 1982.

Instead Lime Street’s facade will play host to a homage to it’s past, replicating the old frontage with cladding featured on the new buildings. It is understood to be similar to the acid etched facade of the new Everyman theatre, which features images of the pubic on a series of metal panels.

The close nature of both the Lime Street project and the Mount Pleasant area masterplan, coupled with the same developers being on board, will hopefully bring about a continuous flow for the greater district.

Some people have speculated the replacement for the 051 building will be Liverpool’s answer to Times Square in New York.

Only time will tell…



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10th March 2017 by Chris Gibson
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