The £39m Lime Street regeneration scheme in Liverpool has passed a key construction milestone.
The project has now reached its full height, Ion Development has announced, and the occasion has been marked with a topping-out ceremony led by building contractor ISG. Ground-breaking on the scheme, which features more than 28,000 of retail and leisure space, a 412-bed student block and a 101-room Premier Inn hotel, took place in September 2016.
Work has been underway erecting a 1,300-tonne steel frame to create the 11 storeys of student accommodation and a three-storey hotel. The team worked with Billingtons to source 100 per cent British steel for the development.
To mark the topping out, those present signed a canvas print of the images that will form the façade of the building, a timeline of Lime Street’s history as portrayed by Liverpool artist Anthony Brown. Attendees included Liverpool City Council’s deputy mayor Anne O’Byrne, Claire Slinger of Liverpool City Council, Ion’s managing director Steve Parry, Curlew Capital’s head of investment management Ian Scott and ISG’s regional director Paul Munro.
Parry said: “This is a welcome moment in the timeline of this iconic development, which will bring leisure and retail back to this once thriving street. It is from this point forward that the scheme will really start to come to life and we will see the re-emergence of Lime Street as an important part of the city’s cultural identity.”
Paul Munro, regional director for ISG, said: “It has been an outstanding collaborative effort working alongside Ion Development to bring the vision for Lime Street to life. This street is the gateway to the city and it is the perfect moment to bring together the project partners and celebrate what we have achieved together so far.”