£50M Eco-friendly apartment building to boost private rental sector

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A £50m eco-friendly apartment complex with its own private garden terrace will provide a boost to the private rental sector in Liverpool’s expanding commercial centre, say developers Anwyl Construction.

The company is in the process of finalising designs for a modern 21-floor development, housing 342 spacious apartments on Pall Mall, on the edge of the city centre’s growing commercial district.

The project is earmarked for numbers 30 to 36 Pall Mall, a site which is currently vacant and partially derelict, and previously had planning consent for an 18-story office block which was never built.

A planning application is set to be lodged by Anwyl Construction in the next month, including plans for a mix of plush studio flats, and one, two and three bedroomed apartments.

The scheme also houses a 499 square-metre retail area and 125 square metre commercial space, to help drive footfall along Pall Mall and further revitalise the area.

Residents will get exclusive access to a private tenants’ garden terrace on the first floor, and services from a concierge style reception.

There will be 132 secure cycle spaces, and a split level car park with space for 71 vehicles.

“We’re excited to be involved in this first class project,” said Tom Anwyl, the Anwyl Director who heads up the firm’s Contracts Division.

“This is the definition of modern city living. It will provide much needed high quality accommodation in the expanding Liverpool city centre commercial district, and support the redevelopment of the Pall Mall area.”

Anwyl have appointed award winning architects Falconer Chester Hall on the design, and leading city centre agent City Residential, who acquired the site on their behalf, as their residential advisor on the project.

Alan Bevan, Director of City Residential said: “Pall Mall is a vibrant upcoming area including plans for a major new office development nearby at the former Exchange Station site.

“The Anwyl apartments scheme will complement other regeneration within Liverpool’s commercial district, and provide a much needed boost to the private rental sector in the area.

“We’ll be offering a modern solution for those who either struggle to, or do not wish to get on the housing ladder, but still want to live in high-end homes, in a vibrant city location with fantastic transport links.”

The Anwyl development will feature floor to ceiling glass windows, and a brick cladding exterior in keeping with other building in the area

The scheme’s eco-elements include green roofs which will collect rainwater to be used inside the building, solar panels, and modern floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise light and cut energy bills.

The plans mean buildings at numbers 30 and 32 on the currently derelict Pall Mall site will need to be demolished, and a planning application has been lodged to secure this.

It’s the latest in a new generation of apartments which are revolutionising the rental market with hotel-inspired facilities for renters, said Adam Hall, MD of Falconer Chester Hall (FCH) architects.

The firm’s previous projects in Liverpool include the Aloft hotel on North John Street, which last year won the National Award for Hotel Building of the Year, the Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel also on North John Street, the Indigo Hotel on Castle Street and the Ibis on Dale Street.

“We have drawn a lot from our experience in the hotel sector with this project to ensure that all the facilities you would expect from a 4-star hotel, are available to residents here.”

“It’s a response to the fact that many people can’t get on the housing ladder, but they don’t want to stay in standard rental accommodation, said Adam.

“This offers the option to rent in a more upmarket facility, which hopefully means people will stay longer rather than renting for a short period and moving on.”

He added: “The location offers easy access to the city centre and also to the motorway network and tunnels, so it’s been important to offer car-parking facilities as well as space for bikes, as well as incorporating key eco-friendly aspects.”

North Wales based Anwyl Construction is also preparing to start work on a 16 story development of 430 student flats, on the Norton Street site of Liverpool’s former National Express coach station.

The family run company recently moved into their new £1.9 million headquarters in Ewloe, relocating from the Mona Terrace site in Rhyl where they began in business in 1930.

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