We were commissioned to design a residential development on a connective site between Grenville Street South and Upper Pitt Street in the Ropewalks area, Liverpool. A key feature of the site is a historic ventilation tower. The tower is one of three monumental ventilation shafts still visible along the line of the Wapping Tunnel which runs below the site.
A new road is provided as part of the scheme reconnecting Cornwallis Street providing another link between the Ropewalks area to the Baltic Triangle. The building is then arranged as two elements wrapping around the ventilation tower and redefining the street edges.
The scheme provides 120 apartments within the massing of the two blocks which are carved and stepped along the line of the Wapping Tunnel to allow views to the ventilation tower and even the Cathedral beyond. A glass link connects the two maintaining views through.
A commercial unit provides activity to Grenville Street South and parking is provided to the rear off Upper Pitt Street.