Community interest company We Make Places commissions designs
We Make Places brought together a ‘rapid response design collective’ to promote a collaborative, community-driven approach to the design of Liverpool’s key town centre gateway, Lime Street.
The collective was established following widespread cricism of the £35m proposals summited by the developers. It consisted of seven Liverpool-based design practices, who worked together over a period of 72 hours to demonstrate what would be possible if a user-orientated, placemaking approach was taken to the design of Lime Street. They included landscape practice reShaped.
Elaine Cresswell of reShaped explains: ‘Our proposal is not an “alternative proposal” intended to replace the developer’s scheme, it is an open invitation to the council and its developer to involve those who care about the city in its future. It seeks to show that we welcome investment in our city and that by engaging with the city’s community in the design process, one of our key streets could be amazing and uniquely, Liverpool.’
reShaped proposed a solution for the much loved Futurist Cinema site, which retains the existing façade and brings the site back into active use as a winter garden and band rehearsal/ performance space, with independent retail and café facilities.
Gerry Proctor, chair of Engage Liverpool, said ‘At last someone talking with and getting ideas from us citizens. I simply wish that people with responsibility for creating our city-scape sought ideas and gathered feelings first! Together we can do better.’
Alternative proposals for Lime Street are on the We Make Places website.