ION Developments is giving a new lease of life to Liverpool’s Lime Street
Lime Street is undergoing major transformation, with buildings that had fallen into disrepair in recent years being given a major facelift.
ION Developments in partnership with Liverpool City Council and Sigma Inpartnership, are transforming one of the city’s most well known street into a thriving destination in its own right.
The £40 million project will see ION create a 101-bedroom hotel, student accommodation, a performance centre and a bustling retail and leisure hub and in keeping with Lime Street’s history, has included a tribute to the Futurist cinema that’s set to dominate the exterior.
The facade to Lime Street will proudly display an impressive piece of work created by Anthony Brown which reflects the heritage of the popular cinema, and other memorable elements of Lime Street’s history.
The work that has been commissioned is made up of 11 striking panels based on Lime Street’s history and will tell its captivating narrative. Each panel will be lit up in various colours using impressive hi-tech lighting, making for a majestic landmark within Liverpool city centre.
The eleven panels will include the Futurist, other long-lost cinemas, the classic folk song Maggie May and the Guinness Clock, amongst many other historic gems associated with Liverpool’s past.
Ion Developments say the Lime Street development will pay tribute to what was and will celebrate all of the exciting things that will be.
Managing Director Steve Parry said: “Lime Street is the gateway to the Knowledge Quarter and will encompass everything that Liverpool is. It will be bursting with creativity and will become the home to thriving retail and leisure outlets, whilst also giving visitors hotel accommodation right in the heart of the city centre.”
The Lime Street project is set to complete this summer and ION is finalising occupiers of the retail and leisure space, with one being a pub/restaurant operator. Once finished, the project will change the face of Lime Street forever, highlighting its illustrious history, whilst also showcasing the street’s potential.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson praised the project calling it “an important piece of work that will give new life to an integral part of the city centre.”