Broadway Malyan's controversial £120m development on Mann Island gets go-ahead

Architect Broadway Malyan’s controversial scheme on Mann Island in Liverpool has been granted planning permission by Liverpool council.

Developers Neptune Developments and Countryside Properties said construction work on the £120m waterfront scheme, on the site of Will Alsop’s failed 'cloud' project, will start in spring 2007.

The three wedge-shaped buildings, two of which will be residential, sits next to Danish architect 3XN’s contentious X-shaped Museum of Liverpool.

The planning decision had been delayed to allow World Heritage officials to review plans for developments in the city.

Opponents to the scheme have said the modern designs would cause serious harm to the architectural and historic significance of the Liverpool waterfront. In August CABE criticised the commercial building in Broadway Malyan's design.

Architect Matt Brook, director of Broadway Malyan, said: “I’m delighted that our designs for Mann Island have secured planning permission. It is a fantastic project for Broadway Malyan and a landmark building for Liverpool.”