BDP’s masterplan for Liverpool One has been nominated for the 2009 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Liverpool One
Liverpool One

The masterplan’s nomination follows in the footsteps of Rummey Design and MJP. Their masterplan and public realm scheme for six public spaces known as the Coventry Phoenix Initiative was shortlisted in 2004 – narrowly losing out to the Swiss Re building.

Stirling judges said of the BDP scheme: “The plan set down generous public space networks and rigorous yet flexible design briefs and have worked with a broad range of architects to evolve the plan and deliver buildings of a very high quality.”

The 17ha site consists of 130,000m2 of retail space, a 14-screen multiplex cinema and 21,000m2 of restaurants, cafes and bars in addition to 600 new apartments, two hotels, offices, a five-acre park and a transport interchange.

BDP’s challenge was integrating all these features, including the harmonious linking of nearly 40 new buildings designed by more than 20 different architects.

It also needed to link Liverpool One’s new boundaries with existing districts such as the Ropewalks area and the world famous Mersey waterfront without compromising the individual character of these places.

Terry Davenport, head of BDP’s northern retail team and the man behind the Liverpool One masterplan, said: “The fact that the RIBA judges have chosen to put a masterplan on a par with some of the world’s most impressive new buildings also reflects that great architectural design isn’t solely about physical structures. Masterplanning takes in a broad range of disciplines and plays a key role in the delivery of sustainable urban regeneration.”

The RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced in London on 17 October and the ceremony will broadcast live on Channel 4.

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