Regeneration revolution for creative Liverpool

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Regeneration revolution for creative Liverpool

A unique venue boasting a revolving auditorium is at the heart of regeneration plans for Liverpool’s new creative district.

The new music and theatre venue will be the UK’s first-ever Stage-Around Theatre, based on the hugely successful performance space in Amsterdam.

The venue will be part of a multi-million pound programme to attract creative businesses to the Ten Streets district which is forecast to create an estimated 2,500 new jobs over the next decade.

The vision for the district, which contains a mix of historic dock warehousing and industrial buildings, is for an area where tech companies, digital businesses and creative enterprises can flourish alongside artistic organizations – becoming a truly distinctive, inventive and vibrant new urban district.

Ten Streets is part of the city’s big picture regeneration vision that will deliver £11 billion investment and create 40,000 new jobs in total over the next ten years. As a creative economy district, Ten Streets will complement other employment areas like the Knowledge Quarter, Commercial District and Liverpool Waters.

The Ten Streets vision is being launched to engage local businesses, stakeholders and the wider public in a debate about the area’s future. The starting point for the consultation are Ten Big Ideas, encompassing such themes as innovation, culture, growth, connections and collaboration, that will provide a broad direction for future policy and an emerging vision.

Mayor Anderson said: “The launch of this vision for the Ten Streets district is an opportunity of a lifetime to define Liverpool’s future as a creative powerhouse of the 21st century.

“For me, this new theatre says everything about our ambition for Ten Streets and how the creative sector can unleash the untapped potential of these once celebrated docklands and make them once again a beacon of economic growth.

The partners involved are of the highest calibre and much like with the Knowledge Quarter, Ten Streets will generate high value jobs and stimulate our economy for decades to come.”

The city council has already made a big commitment to improving transport infrastructure in the area and currently investing £30m in upgrading the A565 and Regent Road and is in talks to establish new rail connections.

Mayor Anderson will be joined at the launch by Pat Power of Irish property company Harcourt Developments who are the city’s development partner on the project. They have already delivered the hugely successful Titanic Hotel and are on site with the redevelopment of the landmark Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Dock.

Kees Abraham, of Stage Around, explained the unique concept: “We’ll add a new dimension to the UK and the Ten Streets offer with the first ever stunning new Stage Around theatre and music venue in the country.

“The revolving stage, which originated in the Netherlands and has had break out success in Tokyo, will provide audiences with a genuinely immersive experience built around an international quality performance programme.”

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