Eight game changers which will transform the face of Liverpool city centre; We've rounded up some of the most exciting developments in the pipeline.
The city centre is constantly changing - with new shops, restaurants and building projects reshaping how Liverpool looks.
The changing face has leftit almost unrecognisable from years gone by - and even more exciting developments are in the pipeline.
While an increasing number of cranes dotting the skyline are for the booming student accommodation industry, there's plenty to look out for whether you live, work or socialise in the city centre.
From huge high-street shops moving premises to all the biggest new developments - it is always evolving.
We've rounded up some of the biggest city centre game changers which will alter the face of Liverpool.
Liverpool has officiallylaunched a "compelling bid"to be the new home of Channel 4, after Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram announced their campaign to bring the broadcaster to Merseyside.
They believe Liverpool city council's aspirations to create one of the largest film studios in the UK at the former Littlewoods Building on Edge Lane, combined with the Ten Streets creative quarter project, could give the city a unique bid.
The council also claim they have "several ready to go, high quality locations" to show the station who are on the hunt for a new HQ.
Under the new plans 300 of its 800 staff would move out of the capital - and bringing one of Britain's biggest broadcasters to Liverpool would dramatically transform the face of the city.
Liverpool council is planning to buy the shopping centre aboveLiverpool Central stationin a move that could help pave the way for a future expansion of the station and the massive Lewis's redevelopment.
Liverpool Central is one of the busiest stations in the UK outside London with some 16m passengers in 2017.
But it is congested and there is currently little room to expand.
Developer Augur is planning to build the Circus shopping and leisure scheme behind Lewis's, on the land behind Central Station, and has said it would help Network Rail to expand the station.
Meanwhile Central Shopping Centre is home to brands including Sainsbury's and Greggs, as well as the famous Leather Shop.
It sits in the area the council calls the Knowledge Quarter Gateway which includes Lime Street and the Adelphi and is a bridge between the city centre and the university area.
In a report approved by the council's cabinet on Friday, the council said it plans to buy the 114-year lease on the shopping centre from Aviva Life & Pensions UK.
Simultaneously it will enter into a 20-year "underlease" with Liverpool CSC Ltd, a company related to Circus developer Augur.
The council has not revealed how much its purchase will cost as it is commercially confidential.
But it says the underlease with Liverpool CSC will earn it [pounds sterling]4.3m over the first five years "meaning it (the council) will make a profit over the loan repayments to facilitate the purchase".
Augur also has an option under the deal to buy the centre after five years. That in turn could enable Augur to work with Network Rail to open up new ways into Central Station below.
Liverpool is set for a battle of the bowling alleys as aSECOND firmhas announced plans for a late-night city centre venue.
Lane7 -- which bills itself as an "upmarket bowling alley and alternative late-night venue" operator -- says it wants to open in the city.
It says the Liverpool venue, which could create up to 30 jobs, will be in the "Hanover Street area", though its exact location isn't being revealed.
And it says it wants to open the venue in time for the Christmas party season.
The Lane7 announcement comes just weeks after PINS won planning permission to open a late-night boutique bowling alley in Duke Street.
Lane7 is planning to open a site in Birmingham this summer and has four more openings planned over the next 18 months.
The Darlington-based firm already has alleys in Newcastle, Middlesborough and Aberdeen.
The Newcastle site offers pool, ping pong, private karaoke booths, beer pong and mini golf alongside the bowling lanes.
Lane7 also regularly puts "pop-up attractions" in its centres, including giant remote-controlled car racing rigs and traditional 80s-style arcade games
An "exclusive" bar and restaurant backed by the group behind a chain ofMichelin-starredrestaurants is set to open in the heart of Liverpool's commercial district.
The Ormer Restaurant Group, which also runs a Michelin-starred restaurant in Jersey, promises its new restaurant on Water Street will bring a "new elegant style of dining and socialising" to Liverpool.
The bar and restaurant has also been granted permission to stay open in to the early hours, previously warning that refusing permission for the bar to stay open past midnight would "clearly be against" the aim of making Liverpool a 24-hour city.
Developers were originally given the go-ahead to convert the listed Il Palazzo building by planners last June but had been trying to get the council to grant longer opening hours.
They had pointed out that nearby venues like the Alchemist and Vincent Cafe were able to operate past midnight.
The premises will now be able to stay open until 1.30am from Thursday to Saturday, as opposed to the midnight closing time previously imposed by planners.
As well as the bar and restaurant, there are also two and three-bedroom apartments planned for the upper floors of the listed building.
Court bossesare in talksto sell the old Magistrates Court building in Dale Street.
The historic landmark closed in 2015 and is now boarded up. Court hearings moved to the Queen Elizabeth II court building in Derby Square. The Ministry of Justice had hoped to sell the court for [pounds sterling]2m.
Merseyside Police said in 2015 that it wanted to buy the building to turn it into a dog training centre. But in 2016 it said that was no longer the plan.
Since then little has happened to the building which some neighbours said had become a magnet for anti-social behaviour before it was boarded up.
The ECHO asked the Government what its plans were for the building which dates back to 1857 and was designed by John Weightman.
A spokesperson for HM Courts and Tribunals Service said: "We are in on-going negotiations about the sale of the former Magistrates Court in Dale Street and we are working to ensure the best outcomes for the taxpayer and the city of Liverpool."
Neighbours are keen that the empty building should be brought back to life.
Gareth Morgan, boss of craft beer bar Dead Crafty Beer Company opposite, said: "It's a tragic waste of a building and it should be used for something."
Plans to turn Liverpool'sstunning Martins Bankbuilding into a luxury hotel could be in doubt after the building was sold as part of an [pounds sterling]858m deal.
Hotels group Principal was set to convert the massive Water Street landmark, one of the finest 20th century buildings in Britain, into an upscale hotel.
Now French property giant Fonciere des Regions (FdR) has bought 14 Principal properties, including Martins Bank, from Starwood Capital for [pounds sterling]858m.
It immediately announced a deal to lease 13 of those properties to hotels giant InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) which will rebrand them.
But the Liverpool building is NOT among those being leased to IHG.
Industry bible The Caterer suggested the move meant the property could instead be converted into apartments.
And one property analyst contacted by the ECHO, who asked to remain anonymous, said the decision to hang on to Martins could mean FdR had some other plans for the building.
The ECHO has approached FdR and IHG to find out why Martins Bank was not part of the IHG deal.
Rare picturestaken inside the disused Lyceum building show the amazing rooms and decorations hidden inside the iconic city centre landmark.
The Bold Street building is currently on the market with Mason Owen for an undisclosed price - and the ECHO were granted a glimpse behind the imposing frontage to see what's inside.
Spanning more than 25,000 square feet, the Grade II listed building was constructed in 1802 and sits on one of the busiest streets in the city.
The entire historic building is currently up for let or a possible freehold sale - but an online listing states it may be split into sections.
Pictures taken inside the historic building show ornate artwork painted on the walls, featuring gladiators and classical figures.
The huge central atrium holds the Lyceum's breath-taking domed ceiling which features a striking mural of ancient gods and cherubs.
A magnificent chandelier hangs from the dome of the central atrium which is bordered by imposing white columns and adorned with massive gold-framed mirrors.
As you enter the main banking hall of the building, old strong boxes can still be seen in the walls of the building.
Plans submitted to Liverpool City Council recently suggested the Lyceum could house a new Chinese restaurant.
China Dina UK want to use the basement of the iconic building to house a restaurant that could seat more than 100 people.
The lower ground floor of the building, which also faces on to Hanover Street, would be renovated with a chow-mein cooker installed.
Liverpool has a new addition to its ever-growing bar scene, with the launchof Cellar 24- a bar where customers can play over 600 retro video games.
With a live music offering and extensive gin menu, the bar is offering something different to customers looking to relive their youth with a range of old-school arcade games.
Owner, Kevin Midgley, 42, said: "We have many unique selling points. The retro games bar is completely new to Liverpool and we also have six pint beer towers, which you can't get anywhere else.
"Wood Street is the ideal location and, after Concert Square's regeneration, we decided to jump on the back of it."
Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Channel 4 headquarters in Horseferry Road, London
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Inside a Lane7 bowling alley. The firm is planning a Liverpool city centre venue
Credit: Kevin Midgely
Paul Curtis designs the walls at Cellar 24
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|Publication:||Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||May 27, 2018|
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