Consent for erection of mixed use retail / leisure unit on out of centre site
New concept gym and Sports Direct store on a derelict site in Liverpool.
Planning application for a 1,858sqm gym (a new concept to be potentially rolled out across the UK if successful here) as well as a 1,858sqm Sports Direct store.
Built originally for Vernons Pools in the 1920s, the site became Paradox nightclub when the firm moved to new premises in 1991. The nightclub closed in 2001 and the last element of the building, the clocktower was demolished in 2013.
Sports Direct submitted an application to redevelop it in 2007, however the permission lapsed without development commencing.
Being out of centre, we were required to provide evidence to justify the scheme against the prevailing retail policies built on the previous planning history for the site and built a bespoke case for Sports Direct and their new gym concept. This was a two stage approach with original unit (stage 1) and retail / leisure mezzanine (stage 2).
The scheme, which opened in November 2014, brought a derelict site back into use, and created major employment opportunities both during construction and since opening.