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18 November 2010
RopeWalks Looks to a
THE ROPEWALKS area of Liverpool
City Centre is getting a new image as it looks to build on its
success as a creative and diverse quarter.
Over the last 10 years a high quality regeneration programme has
seen the development of many creative industries, a number of high
profile schemes, new public spaces and improved pubic realm. The
area, which is also a major retail and leisure quarter also
pioneered the revival of city centre living and has seen many
success stories including the Foundation for Art and Creative
Technology, East Village, base2stay Hotel , the Tea Factory and
Vanilla Factory in the quarter.
It includes a large inner city conservation area containing many
listed buildings, with part of this in the city’s World Heritage
Site. Many of the once neglected Georgian terraces have been
restored using Townscape Heritage Initiative funding and are now
home to thriving businesses or new residents.
During this period the RopeWalks Stakeholder Group – consisting of
representatives of businesses and residents-was created and has been
working with the City Council and other partners to build on the
success of the physical regeneration of the area by making the most
of its many assets.
The group is working to attract more tourists, shoppers, residents
and evening entertainment seekers to the area while developing its
knowledge economy through attracting more creative and independent
businesses to RopeWalks as part of a hub and community with
A marketing and promotion strategy for the overall area was
commissioned from leading marketing consultants Blue Sail in 2009
which recommended the development of a new brand for the area and
the creation of a website to showcase RopeWalks as an independent,
alternative and bohemian quarter.
Led by the Stakeholder Group the new brand has been created by
Uniform, who are based in the area, in conjunction with Digital Blah
Blah who constructed the website.
The Stakeholders Group are currently in the process of constituting
themselves as a Community Interest Company to give them a formal
status that will provide a coordinated ‘one voice’ for the area and
enables the group to also submit for their own funding to invest
Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT and chair of the Stakeholders Group
said:- “Following years of change RopeWalks is without doubt a
unique and exciting offer. It complements Liverpool perfectly in the
21st Century and is increasingly a must experience district for
visitors on any trip to the city. Historic buildings provide an
amazing backdrop, mixed in with a cool, vibrant, contemporary and
alternative vibe that provides a dose of real Liverpool for
everybody, young or old. It really is a great mix.
As chair of the RopeWalks Stakeholder Group I am excited about
working towards finishing the RopeWalks job over the coming years
with the great community we have here and would like to thank
everybody who has contributed to making RopeWalks the place it is
There is still though work to do. This is beginning with the
Stakeholders making the natural progression into a Community
Interest Company. This will set the scene for another round of
regeneration over the next three – five years that will be just as
much about animating and managing the existing spaces and assets
within RopeWalks, under a community and business led model, as
working towards completing the remaining physical developments in
Councillor Nick Small, city council cabinet member for employment
and skills, said:- “RopeWalks has been one of the great
success stories of Liverpool in last decade or so but it is an area
which still has a lot of potential to be unleashed.
It is an area which has enormous energy, creativity and diversity
and one where those who live and work there are working together to
promote the RopeWalks as a distinctive area such as the Northern
Quarter in Manchester. The recent success of the Bold Street
Festival shows what can be achieved by this approach.
One of the priorities is to improve the economic vibrancy in
RopeWalks and attract more digital and media companies to create
jobs but we also have to ensure that it continues to be well
managed, clean and environmentally friendly.”
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
ROADPEACE NorthWest invite those
who have been bereaved or injured, together with those who support
them, to a special remembrance of all road crash victims. It will
take place at 1pm at the memorial to road crash victims in St.
John’s Gardens, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL, on Sunday
21 November 2010.
The event will also be attended by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool,
Councillor Hazel Williams, and other North-West mayors,
representatives of the emergency services and others who deal with
road crashes and support road crash victims.
The Lord Mayor will read a poem she has written for the occasion.
She said:- “This event will be an opportunity for us to
remember those killed and injured on our roads and our thoughts will
be with their families and friends. It is also a reminder that we
must do all we can to ensure that there are no further tragedies
with the devastation they cause.”
There will be a minute’s silence and the release of 6 doves in
memory of those who have died on our roads. On average, 6 people die
each day in road crashes in this country. The daily toll has reduced
from 10 to 6 per day in recent years.
At 3pm there will be a service of remembrance at the Parish Church
of Our Lady and St. Nicholas, Old Churchyard, Chapel Street,
Liverpool, L2 8TZ. During the service the names of loved ones who
have died will be read. The Choir from St. Chad’s R.C. and C. of E.
High School, Runcorn and St. Nicholas’ Singers will be performing.
Following the service there will be refreshments and the opportunity
for people to talk to each other.
EVERTON Football Club has
been granted planning permission to build a £9 million
state-of-the-art retail and administration development on the
existing Goodison Park footprint.
The new facility will be built on the site of the Club Everton
lounge at the Park End of the stadium and will house a 900 square
metre retail store, museum, cafe, a fan-focused hospitality lounge
and office space. The 4- floor, self-funded development will
also free up space within the corporate areas of Goodison, meaning
capacity for corporate hospitality inside the stadium itself can be
Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, said:- “The new building is
an exciting phase in the development of Goodison Park.
It will help us grow our business by giving fans a new,
purpose-built Club shop more than twice the size of Everton One, a
new hospitality lounge targeted towards Evertonians wanting to
socialise before and after games at Goodison and, at last, a proper
home for the Everton Collection and other exciting attractions for
It will also get the entire Everton team under one roof, something
that is long overdue and an opportunity to further improve how we
work as a team for the benefit of the fans.”
Work will start before the end of the year and is expected to be
completed in Autumn 2011. The project will be paid for entirely
through the assistance of existing Club retail partner Kitbag and
Stadium catering partner Sodexo.
Mr Elstone added:- "This new scheme is totally self-funded by
partners so there is no net cost to the Club. In fact, it is
cash-positive from the start.”
Commenting on the decision, Tim Groom, Managing Director of
Formrooms, the architects behind the design of the new development,
said:- “It has been fantastic to work on a project that
allowed us not only to be so creative, but also to work with a
client who is so passionate about high quality design and achieving
an end result that everyone associated with Everton Football Club
can be proud of.
The new development will be a gateway to the stadium and stands
against a backdrop of one of England’s most historic grounds,
therefore it was crucial that whatever we designed was complementary
to the existing area, while also reflecting the Club’s ambition.”
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