Mount Property Group Appoints Barton On Innovo House

Developer and investment firm, Mount Property Group, has today announced it has appointed Barton Group Services as construction partner on its latest Liverpool scheme, Innovo House.

Located on Devon Street in Liverpool’s up-and-coming Knowledge Quarter, the development is made up of 124 apartments, comprising 80 en-suite units & 44 studios. In addition to the apartments, the development will have a guest concierge, ground floor social space and bike storage.

Speaking about the appointment, Michael Chrysokhou, Managing Director of Liverpool-based Mount Property Group, said:

“I’m delighted to announce Barton as construction partner on the scheme and I’m looking forward to seeing Innovo House come to life over the coming months with ground works starting next month. This is our second scheme with Barton and so it’s great to build on the partnership.”

“Kickstarting our second project with Mount Property Group builds on the successful and trusted partnership we have developed together. Innnovo sits only a stone’s throw away from our current scheme on site, Natex, both perfectly positioned within the Knowledge Quarter offering students high-end living accommodation.

Matt Fawcett, Managing Director of Barton Group Services added:

“In addition to being appointed as management contractor on Innovo, we are also providing construction design and SHEQ services, so it’s a full team offering which is firmly rooted in providing reliable cost certainty and a truly transparent approach.”

The project is scheduled for completion in September 2020, ahead of the annual intake of students.

Founded in 2012, Mount Property Group is a Liverpool based property developer and investment company with five schemes currently in development.

It was announced in May this year that a Singaporean Institutional investor, Solibuild Group Holdings had invested an undisclosed sum into the Innovo scheme – the first time that Soilbuild has invested in the UK market in the company’s 40-year history. This highlights its confidence in the Liverpool student accommodation sector and the wider UK property market.

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Liverpool to look for views on blueprint for city centre growth

Upper Central – covering 56 acres in the heart of Liverpool city centre – is to be the subject of a draft masterplan to create an international standard gateway site to a £2bn flagship regeneration scheme.

Running from Central Station to Liverpool Science Park and Lime Street to Bold Street, Upper Central is seen as key to the future development of the city’s blossoming Knowledge Quarter (KQ Liverpool).

And Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet will be asked next Friday, 5 July to approve that a public consultation begins on a Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) to help shape the future direction of the area.

Its focus will be how Upper Central can become a magnet for digital, tech and creative sectors with the aim of providing three key goals :-

1. To maximise the opportunities of 2.5million sq.ft of new developments (larger than Liverpool ONE), with potential to create up to 7,000 new jobs.

2. A new sustainable, walkable and recognisable gateway location within the city, promoting pedestrian movement, increased dwell time and a positive first impression to millions of residents and visitors arriving into the city centre at Lime Street or Central stations.

3. To ensure high quality public realm that creates a place that is distinctly Liverpudlian and attractive to occupiers, residents and investors.

Stakeholder feedback on the draft SRF identified a need to re-brand the area. As a result a new website www.uppercentral.co.uk will be launched to coincide with the start of the public consultation.

Led by a team of independent planning experts, the draft SRF has looked at how best to redevelop the Lime Street area around the Adelphi Hotel, Central Station and Mount Pleasant whilst dovetailing Liverpool John Moores University’s Copperas Hill site, plans for the Fabric District and various private sector schemes such as Circus Liverpool at the old Lewis’s building.

To achieve this future development the draft Upper Central SRF is focused on eight key themes:

• Creation of a True Gateway for Liverpool
• Improving linkages to the rest of the city centre and pedestrian experience
• A mix of uses to create a quality of place and identity
• Striving for high quality design, appropriate massing and landmark buildings
• Provision of high-quality infrastructure
• Holistic view of development context and creating a new city district
• Preserving and enhancing heritage assets
• Delivery and collaboration

A major aspiration identified in the draft SRF is how to create a super crossing at Ranelagh Place, a new pedestrian experience along Renshaw Street and to promote a new pedestrian route to Lime Street Station from Copperas Hill to allow for improved access to the Fabric District and Paddington Village.

Liverpool City Council, which recently acquired Central Station shopping centre and is overseeing public realm proposals for St George’s Plateau, as part of the £45m city centre connectivity scheme, has also set out an ambition to redevelop the Mount Pleasant Car Park area to create an international standard gateway for the KQ Liverpool Mayoral Development Zone which currently employs 7% of the city’s workforce.

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