Have your say on masterplan to 'transform' epicentre of Liverpool's music heritage

A PUBLIC consultation on a masterplan aimed at transforming the epicentre of Liverpol's music heritage has been launched.

The public are asked to give their views on a draft Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) for the Cavern Quarter including Mathew Street and Williamson Square until Friday, November 22.

The draft SRF contains recommendations which the council say will help 'attract new investment' to the area and enable them to steer future use of existing buildings in the area.

It also addresses a recent tourism report calling on the city to curate a clearer proposition around Liverpool's role in popular music  and its music heritage industry - which is currently worth more than £90m each year.

The draft SRF was created by a team led by P-IE (Planit Intelligent Environments) and included: Arup (Planners); Fourth Street Consulting (Destination Development and Economics); GVA (Property); Dave Pichilingi (Music History and event planning) and Rob Burns (Heritage). 

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s musical heritage is an asset of global significance. 

"This draft masterplan presents an opportunity for the city to examine how we establish an experience which reflects and celebrates that unique offer. 

"I welcome these proposals and look forward to the public’s thoughts and feedback.”

Once it receives final approval the plan will be used to guide all future planning applications within the area.

It will become a Spatial Planning Document when Liverpool’s Local Plan is formally adopted in Autumn 2020.

Here are some of the proposals outlined in the draft:

Cavern Quarter 

  • Enhance the area’s daytime offer and resist proposals for further bars and nightclubs
  • Re-purposing upper floors and specific support for music related businesses
  • Enhance the quality and mix of attractions related to the City’s music, culture and heritage to promote a multi offer experience to visitors
  • Upgrade gateways into the Cavern Quarter
  • Activate key nodes within the quarter, which offer opportunities for events and public art
  • Restore and enhance the character of the area including improving street furniture and building facades 
  • Animate blank walls and surfaces as part of a wider art and digital strategy


  • Enhance the approach to Williamson Square and the Cavern Quarter via a mix of new public art, trees, lighting, balanced street principles and improved wayfinding
  • Develop a strategy to celebrate and interpret the street as the original 'pool of Liverpool'

Williamson Square 

  • Re-design the square to include flexible performance space and enhanced public realm including seating and planting
  • Refurbishment or redevelopment of the St Johns extension building to improve the northern elevation of the square
  • Consider re-development of Dawson Street site if the taxi rank can be successfully relocate
  • Enhance the Playhouse’s presence on the square – spill out areas, programme of events
  • Activate the fa├žade of the vacant Marks & Spencer building 
Stakeholder Boards are also suggested in the plans to assist in delivering events and activities.

Have your say at the following public events:

  • Friday, November 8 from 10am to 3pm One-Stop Shop, St Johns Market
  • Tuesday, November 12 from 2pm to 5pm at RIBA North, Mann Island

Alternatively, you can read the draft SRF online and give feedback at www.liverpool.gov.uk/cavernwilliamson 


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