As featured in Urban Design Journal: The Northern Powerhouse | Summer 2021
The concept of the ‘Net-Zero Northern Powerhouse’ has burgeoned since the announcement of the Government’s £4bn “levelling up” fund, designed to help cities, towns and regions improve infrastructure and skills, and fundamentally driven by the long-term transition to net-zero.
Hearing of our appointment by Liverpool City Council to produce a landmark vision and investment strategy for the epicentre of Liverpool’s musical heritage was one of those ‘can’t stop from saying it out loud’ “yes” moments. We’d assembled a great, if non-conventional, team for the Mathew Street Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) bid, amongst which enthusiasm for the potential opportunity was palpable.
The decision to open a new studio, on the world-famous waterfront, set in the heart of Liverpool Waters (for which we are the masterplan lead) couldn’t have been easier. With a growing profile and international reputation, Liverpool is undergoing its next phase of transformation – and we are delighted to be at the heart of many of the projects.
As Urban Designers and Landscape Architects, we often deal with post-industrial sites. Whether small inner-city plots or vast swathes of abandoned land, sustainable transformation of these landscapes requires careful planning and imaginative design. With this in mind, the Urban Design team decided to dedicate their annual study trip to the exploration of Germany’s infamous rust-belt: the Ruhr Valley.