Circus and The Department, Liverpool
Augur Group, with its JV partners, have acquired the freehold of the iconic Lewis’s Building and adjoining land totalling five acres in central Liverpool.
The scheme lies adjacent to the Knowledge Quarter and adjoins Liverpool Central Station. In collaboration with Liverpool City Council and Network Rail, the planned development will encompass 400,000 sqft of the Grade II listed Lewis’s Building and its retained iconic façade as well as the surrounding land to deliver a new retail and leisure destination in the heart of the city, to be known as ‘Circus’.
As part of the regeneration project, Augur is working alongside Network Rail to enable expansion of the station to accommodate growing passenger numbers which reached nearly 16 million in 2015/16 making it one of the busiest rail stations in the UK.
On completion, the site will offer over 275,000 sqft of retail and leisure space over five floors. Detailed discussions are already underway with cinema operators and a number of retail and leisure tenants for the wider site.
Included in the acquisition is the 126 room Adagio Hotel, 70,000 sqft of Grade A refurbished office space over four floors with 50% already leased to the NHS, a 26,000 sqft PureGym on the lower ground floor and a Post Office.
Heritage works are nearing completion and enhancements to the exterior of the Lewis’s building and the reception area of the office building are underway. We hope to make a planning application for the major redevelopment scheme adjoining Lewis’s and Central Station late in 2018.