Paradise Street, Liverpool One

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Paradise Street lies at the heart of Liverpool One - a major retail, leisure and residential development intended to spearhead regeneration of Liverpool's city centre. Occupying an entire urban block, the building plays a key role in establishing a new street pattern which integrates with the surrounding urban fabric and generates an important new pedestrian route linking the city to the river. A dramatic sequence of escalators and zigzag stairs takes visitors from ground to third floor level - to a semi-external cinema foyer above two floors of shops and a west-facing terrace lined with restaurants. A clear distinction is made, both in material and scale, between the three masonry facades that face towards the city and the faceted glass bays that address the park.

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A series of horizontal bands of masonry create a continuous surface

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Escalators form a direct route from ground to third floor, while above them a sequence of stairs zigzag their way across the space

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The concave form of the upper glazed facade reflects the elliptical geometry of the park

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Zigzag stair

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The cinema foyer is roofed by a glazed steel lattice structure supported on freestanding columns

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Context

City
Liverpool, UK
Use
Retail
Client
Liverpool PSDA
Status
Completed
Size
36,882 sqm
Awards

RIBA National Award 2009, RIBA Regional Award 2009, Civic Trust Award Liverpool One Masterplan Special Award for Sustainability 2010

Collaborators
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Developer: Grosvenor

Construction architect: BDP Manchester

Structure: Waterman Structures

Services: WSP

Cost: Davis Langdon

Acoustic: WSP

Access: Nightingale Associates

Planning supervisor: Capita Symonds

Specialist glass engineer: Dewhurst Mcfarlane

Photography: Dennis Gilbert/VIEW