‘The Tannery,’ due to open in 2020, is set to be made up of three towers that will be constructed on Bevington Bush in the L3 area of the city of Liverpool. Flats in the new development will be a mixture of one bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with prices starting from £85,000. The former leather factory is being converted into apartments by Surrenden Invest, who have adopted a policy of ‘brownfield first’ with this development on industrial land.
“We’ve coined the term ‘brownfield boutique’ to inspire developers to take a fresh look at how we think about brownfield sites. A single former industrial building that now stands idle can be transformed into stylish, well located homes – tackling brownfield sites doesn’t have to be left to only the largest developers,” said Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest.
Surrenden Invest’s Jonathan Stephens cites The Tannery in Liverpool as an example of brownfield boutique in action. The Tannery sits on the site of a former leatherworks, from which it gets its name. The design of the building reflects its industrial past, with folded aluminium panels resembling the hanged leather that the site’s original building once housed. Horizontal breaks in the façade, meanwhile, represent the leather press.
Within the Tannery, the elegant apartments will offer bright, spacious homes complemented by a range of luxurious facilities, including a 24/7 concierge, a communal courtyard and a roof garden. The development is turning a former industrial site into capital-quality residences in an enviable central Liverpool location.
“The Tannery is brownfield boutique in action. It’s turning disused industrial land into outstanding apartments and supporting Liverpool’s ‘brownfield first’ approach to solve its housing shortage,” added Stephens.
The ‘brownfield first’ focus was announced by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram in early 2018 to urge housebuilders to consider using brownfield land across Merseyside, as part of work to make the city an “exemplar for innovation, sustainability and design excellence.” The Tannery is one site doing just that – continuing to encourage housebuilders to focus on industrial land for further property development.