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Ultimate Brick Safari Built With 1,000,000 LEGO® Bricks Arrives At Knowsley This Summer

THE Ultimate Brick Safari arrives at Knowsley Safari, for the 1st time, and will see 80 brick animals taking up residency on the Foot Safari. The attractions life sized LEGO® brick animals will be able to be seen from 20 July, until 2 September 2019.

The collection of models is made from over 1 million LEGO® bricks and took more than 6,200 hours to build; the equivalent to 6 school summer holidays!

Visitors will be able to marvel at Tenzin the Tiger, a towering Bengal tiger made from around 85,000 bricks and Earl Grey the Elephant, who took a team of 6 builders, over 9 weeks (6,200 hours) to create using more than 270,000 bricks.

The Ultimate Brick Safari also features:- a Silverback Gorilla, panda cubs, a meerkat family and a group of dangling bats, as well as lively lizards and super scorpions.

Knowsley Safari is also offering visitors the chance to win a LEGO® brick animal. A competition will run throughout the summer that challenges LEGO® lovers to complete a trail pack, with 1 lucky winner selected at random to win their very own life sized LEGO® meerkat.

Knowsley Safari's Foot Safari provides visitors with the chance to walk around and learn about animals close up. People can see:- giraffes, sea lion displays, meerkats and bush dogs, while also taking a walk through Wolf Country and the Bat Forest. Visitors can also enjoy the Tiger Trail; a unique 10,000 square metre natural habitat, that's home to Amur tiger sisters Bira and Sinda.

Rachel Scott, Head of Marketing at Knowsley Safari, comments:- "We wanted to do something extra special for the summer holidays to help parents entertain the kids on days out. The Ultimate Brick Safari was a natural choice. This exhibition captures the imagination of children and parents alike, and the sculptures are a fantastic talking point to learn more about wildlife. The models look brilliant and I'm sure they'll be the focus for many school holiday selfies!"

To find out more about Knowsley Safari's Ultimate Brick Safari, register online now!

Masterplan for Liverpool's Commercial District due for public consultation

THE public are to be asked their views on the development of Liverpool's historic commercial district into a world class business location.  A vision document on the area, which covers 40 acres of Liverpool City Centre and is home to many blue chip and well known companies, is set to go out to public consultation in mid June for 5 weeks. The scheme is vital to the City's future economic success as available Grade A office space is now urgently required, and the document identifies development plots for high quality office space within the City Centre. According to the latest Commercial Office Market Review, produced in partnership by Liverpool BID Company and Professional Liverpool, an extra 582,084 sq ft of office space was occupied in the CBD area in 2018.  The document also aims to increase economic potential of the CBD by enhancing existing conditions to attract and retain businesses and by identifying opportunities to improve public realm and underused buildings.  To address this issue the City Council is seeking to support a ₤200m plan to develop a scheme in Pall Mall, with Kier Property and CTP, that will provide 400,000 sq ft of new Grade A office space and potentially create more than 2,000 jobs. The consultation will be led by place making specialists Arup and shedkm who were both appointed by the City Council to create the Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) for the Commercial Business District.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "Liverpool's commercial business district is a major engine in the City's economy and its future growth needs to be proactively managed to maximise its potential. The supply of Grade A office space is critical to any successful City Centre seeking to attract quality investors and jobs which is why we need a long term vision which this Spatial Regeneration Framework will underpin. This is a critical piece of work because we all need to ensure the district remains a vital cog in our commercial economy for the next 20 years and beyond. Arup and the team have set out an approach that addresses these challenges in a way that will underpin the future of one our major employment zones and I look forward to this vital document being debated and discussed across the City to help shape its direction."

A report to Liverpool City Council's Cabinet, next Friday, 7 June 2019, is seeking approval for the consultation to launch on Monday, 17 June 2019. The CBD SRF consultation draft would then be available to view at:- Liverpool.Gov.UK/Consultation until Monday, 21 July 2019, where further details on how to provide comments and feedback online can be reviewed. The project team consists of Arup as project lead and town planning consultants, architects and masterplanners shedkm, heritage consultant Rob Burns, and property consultant Worthington Owen.

Ian Ford, Arup project lead, said:- "This has been a really exciting project to work on and we look forward to sharing the SRF through the consultation process. A vital part of this exercise is interacting with stakeholders and receiving comments and feedback to ensure we have considered all aspects within the CBD. We are passionate in making Liverpool's CBD a unique and exciting location for businesses to come and invest. Not many Cities have a CBD with the same qualities Liverpool does and the SRF looks to build on these assets to attract high value, high skilled jobs that will support the City's growth objectives. We have produced a vision which looks to enhance public realm and connectivity whilst identifying future opportunity plots for commercial office space. All this aims to create a vibrant, sustainable place for businesses, residents and visitors."

Over the past 6 months, the team have been engaging with a wide range of consultees within the City to understand the key issues and opportunities of the area which have culminated in an SRF that presents an overarching vision, illustrative masterplan, development principles and guidance to direct future development and investment over the next 15 to 20 years. As well as the document being available online, 4 exhibition events will be held allowing interested parties to speak to the team and explore the SRF further.

Dates include:-

Thursday, 20 June 2019, from 10am to 3pm, at RIBA, Mann Island, L3 1BP.

► Wednesday, 26 June 2019, from 2pm to 7pm, at One Fine Day, Old Hall Street, L3 9BS

► Monday, 1 July 2019, from 10am to 3pm, at One Fine Day, Old Hall Street, L3 9BS.

► Wednesday, 10 July 2019, from 2pm to 7pm, at RIBA, Mann Island, L3 1BP.

The City Council, together with the Liverpool BID Company, and other public and private sector partners, are jointly commissioning the SRF. Once adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document it will give the Council's planning authority the ability to review and determine how different land uses can work together to meet demand and create a vibrant area, enabling Liverpool to compete with other major UK Cities in attracting major companies.  The SRF would also include the proposing of design guidelines, including a strategy for potential public realm improvements and enhanced connectivity across the Commercial Business District to embrace neighbouring areas such as Peel's ₤5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, to create a high quality and world class business environment that reflects its location within the City's World Heritage Site.

Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company, which represents more than 800 businesses in the district, added:- "The Commercial Business District is unique to Liverpool, a vital contributor to the City Region economy, and the preferred destination of choice in the City Region for the professional sector and creative and digital industries. Earlier this year the BID's Office Market Review reported office take up in the district during 2018 to have increased by an impressive 46.8% compared to 2017, the highest take up since records began. However, while there is much to celebrate, the report did highlight the challenges we face, and we recognise that more can be achieved for this part of the City if we all work together. Our investment in the SRF demonstrates the BID's commitment in creating an even better CBD, driving investment into the area and creating jobs. We want a CBD that has improved connectivity with other key developments across the City region, that is greener; with enhanced public realm for our levy paying businesses and visitors to enjoy, and a district that meets the demand for high quality, Grade A office space, which remains a major concern for its long term sustainability. We welcome the news that the SRF is heading into public consultation, and I encourage as many people as possible to engage with and help shape this ambitious vision that will safeguard the district's future growth."

The Council is also investing ₤150m in new road infrastructure in and around the district and has recently obtained planning consent to create a new cruise terminal at nearby Princes Dock, with planning application recently submitted for an accompanying 4 star hotel.

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