L7 Architect’s 478-home scheme proposed for waterfront site on city’s historic south docks

Liverpool practice L7 Architects has lodged plans for a 478-home development topped by a sloping rooftop park.

Designed for developer Carpenter Investments, the U-shaped One Brunswick scheme is proposed for a site on Liverpool’s historic south docks overlooking the river Mersey.

It will rise from one to 16 storeys with the 1km-long rooftop garden following the shape of the building towards a top-floor bar and restaurant.

The 4,560 sq m park would also provide visitors with 360 degree views of the river, docks, and the city’s three graces buildings to the north.

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The development features a 1km-long park on its roof leading to a bar and restaurant on the top storey

The scheme will also include nearly 3,000 sq m of landscaped courtyard amenity along with around 2,000 sq m of retail and commercial space with street frontages on the ground level.

L7 said it sees the development becoming a new Liverpool landmark which reflects the scale of lost buildings in the city’s south docks, including the Brunswick goods yard and Brunswick grain silo.

But the L7 scheme could provoke objections from local heritage groups following Unesco’s decision to delete Liverpool’s World Heritage Status.

The move, announced in July, was prompted by Unesco’s disapproval of several large building projects on the city’s formerly listed north docks including Dan Meis’ new Everton Stadium and Peel Group’s huge Liverpool Waters scheme.

The city’s mayor Joanne Anderson told Building Design’s sister title Building that she found it “incomprehensible” that Unesco would prefer the docks not be regenerated.

She added that the council owes it to Liverpudlians who have lived through the city’s decline in the 1970s and 80s to “keep growing and building on their vision of a better time”.