Liverpool_New York part 3: Liverpool and Birkenhead

The Liverpool_New York project is a design collaboration across landscape and urbanism. Working with three distant but connected cities: Liverpool, New York and Hull, Kingston post-graduate Landscape Architecture and Landscape + Urbanism students interrogated spatial relationships, mobilities, temporalities, migrations and agencies to develop unique landscape narratives. The projects range in scale, from everyday engagements with neighbourhoods and streets to macro-scale strategic responses to regional environmental events.

Their design projects extend beyond site boundaries and offer site-specific responses. They explore qualities of experience, measurement and site-based evidence, to initiate design propositions that engage with adaptation, resilience, production and change through time.   Design processes reflect distinct landscape urbanism practices to reimagine these cities and reinvent their interrelations.  Find  more at the NewYork Liverpool blog: liverpoolnewyork.wordpress.com.  To read earlier posts in this series click on the following links: Liverpool_New York: Landscape architecture designs and  Liverpool_New York part 2: Productive Landscape – Aquaculture Park

Liverpool Biophilia: Connectivity through nature – Colum Sheanon

This project proposes the design of several new green corridors that traverse Liverpool’s City Centre from Lime Street Station and St. Georges plateau to the South docks.  This Project aims to integrate natural networks in the city centre of Liverpool that will have functional and aesthetic benefits for the urban realm and its diverse communities. It aims to identify and resolve problems relating to the planning, functionality and image of the city while seizing opportunities to create a greener urban realm and a more vibrant city atmosphere.

The design will see the connection of Liverpool’s most important spaces and districts, which at the moment are isolated from each other with an emphasis on walking, particularly in the area of Liverpool One and the Mersey waterfront.

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Colum Sheanon: Liverpool

Birkenhead, Shell Beach: Paul Mitache

Birkenhead, Liverpool’s forsaken brother on the other side of the River Mersey, has things to be proud about. Who can remember the significance of BirkenheadPark (the first publicly funded park in Britain, which opened in 1847) or who even cares? Not many, judging by the state of the left bank (looking downstream) of the Mersey, a place overrun by industrial brownfield sites, huge warehouses and littered with derelict buildings. They deserve a better fate.

The area between Seacombe ferry terminal (to the north) and Woodcombe terminal (to the south) has some very peculiar attributes, as follows:

  • The Seacombe promenade, a decently designed pathway, stretches all the way north, along the waterfront, until it suddenly stops at Seacombe terminal, as if cut by a knife.
  • There is an island, of approximately 23 ha, right in the middle of this area -connected by multiple roads and bridges, on both sides – which is currently used as a parking lot for trucks, by Stena Line Ferry, with a couple of huge warehouses built on it. Also, the most potentially valuable buildings,are in a state of advanced decay.

Positive interventions are possible and should be welcomed.  The goal – The main aim is to reconnect the  north and south mainlands, via the island (called Shell Beach, from now on), by turning the latter into a vivid space, where a variety of contemporary events (concerts, exhibitions, debates) can take place, where (young) people are attracted, as artists, as investors, as visitors. This area is currently missing a heartbeat. This is what this project is about. Creating a vibe, where there is none.

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Paul Mitache: Liverpool sketches

Liverpool – Sefton Street Intervention: Paul Mitache

From Parliament St. to Royden Way – Sefton Street is a lane parallel to the River Mersey, aprox. 435 m (476 yards) away from the waterfront, situated within a predominantly industrial/derelict urban fabric.

Strategy – The goal of the intervention is to rehabilitate this valuable waterfront, to reclaim it from its present dereliction and misuse (industrial warehouses, continuous monotonous fronts, abandoned old buildings), to inject a new life and re-engage it within the life of the city.  The difference between these two sites is that the first still encompasses some residential buildings and is directly connected to the docks, and the town centre, while the latter is a mix of industrial and commercial buildings.

Interventions will fall into two categories:

  • Buildings : renewal of old buildings, filling the gaps between with multi-functional areas (workshops, various events)
  • Street design (including paving, green areas and trees, urban furniture) – which will serve the purpose of connecting the buildings and areas described above

On the other side, Lost heritage in Birkenhead: Alexandru Malaescu

The project is proposing to rediscover the old landmarks of Birkenhead, to connect them using new developments and ultimately to raise awareness about the other bank of the River Mersey – the bank of Birkenhead.  In order to trigger the developments of the industrial areas along the waterfront, Birkenhead needs a catalyst project which is highlighted in this proposal – the new landmark building – TIC (Technology Innovation Centre) and the rehabilitation of Birkenhead Priory.

Alexandru Malaescu: View of Technology and Innovation Centre and Birkenhead Priory Waterfront Promenade.

Alexandru Malaescu: View of Technology and Innovation Centre and Birkenhead Priory Waterfront Promenade.

Alexandru Malaescu: Liverpool sites proposal for future heritage in Birkenhead

Alexandru Malaescu: Liverpool sites proposal for future heritage in Birkenhead

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  1. Pingback: Liverpool_New York part 4: Red Hook, Brooklyn | Landscape Interface Studio

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