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The Baltic Triangle has positioned itself as the place to be in Liverpool. It is a melting pot of arts venues, bars, restaurants, creative areas, workspaces and high-end residential apartments. Visitors and regulars to the much-vaunted, money-spinning area can expect to enjoy anything from brunch to lunch to musical crunch.

The Baltic Triangle is an extensive area that stands as a representation of the welcoming, diverse and multi-cultural metropolis that Liverpool is and always has been. The Baltic Triangle is a living, breathing summation of the progress Liverpool has made, and the incredible growth it has achieved in such a short space of time. The city has shed its skin again and again, and the Baltic Triangle is a different, healthier and more durable beast, the likes of which is unique in the UK.

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Liverpool has always positioned itself on the fringe; preferring to face the world with its back to the wall, fists raised in defiance and a smile that says: “Is that all you’ve got?” The Baltic Triangle has grown and flourished in the once-abandoned warehouses and dockyards of Liverpool, an area left on its knees and economically bereft only decades ago. This is a testament to Liverpool’s fighting spirit and the ability to say, “I told you so.”

The Baltic Triangle is as sprawling spiritually as it is physically and literally. It defines Liverpool and its people in its actions, words, and effort. The welcome and pleasant contradictions at the heart of the city are there for all to see. It is at once a celebration of those at the margins and the periphery while cultivating the best and brightest from new digital industries. It glories in its bohemian, carefree mores while being propelled by studious, weighty and intelligent private sector dealings. It is grassroots networking in vegan cafes. It is radicalism borne through a new spin on business conformity. In short, it is the most subversive of concepts that is the great success story of UK regeneration. Its message has always been simple: “fill the area with creative, industrious and pioneering people and the rest will follow”.

The Baltic Triangle occupies a central and vital location in Liverpool. Its area is the huge swathe of space ensconced within Liver Street, Park Lane, Parliament Street and Wapping Dock. Positioned at the southern tip of the city centre, the Baltic Triangle acts as an arterial catalyst for traffic coming in from outlying areas like Speke and serves the majority of the 500,000 people that fly into Liverpool John Lennon Airport every year. It is near the Knowledge Quarter Mayoral Development Zone and the Liverpool City Enterprise Zone, which, combined, have over £3bn of schemes either onsite or upcoming. It also resides next to sections of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.

Baltic Triangle Location Map

The Baltic Triangle is a jewel in Liverpool’s crown, and it rightly sits front and centre of all else that happens in and around the city. Even seemingly hemmed in by two dual carriageways that experience exceptionally high volumes of traffic, the constant regeneration that the local area and Liverpool have undergone in recent years means the Baltic Triangle is anything but isolated.

The statistics speak for themselves. Since 2012, £128 million has been invested in new developments within the Baltic Triangle with another £62 million worth currently on site. Over 130 private businesses pepper the locality. The community spirit fostered by ambition and enterprise has been nothing short of incredible. The area has been responsible for the creation of 500 new private sector jobs with another 10% rise on that figure imminent thanks to current developments. Future projections of almost 800 news jobs will follow in the wake of the Baltic Triangle’s upcoming schemes and developments.

The Baltic Triangle has also provided immense residential regeneration for the area, making it a perfect example of a mixed-use urban hub that seamlessly brings together business and domesticity. Over 1,000 new apartments have been completed in the past six years, but it doesn’t stop there. Nearly 500 apartments are currently in development, and over 2,500 more are in the pipeline over the next few years. The Baltic Triangle has also brought supply to the ever-increasing student property demands of the city, with 350 living spaces built, 150 in development and over 400 proposed and awaiting final permission.

The Baltic Triangle resides in the shadow of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. It is one of two cathedrals in the city and perhaps one of the most striking and imposing structures in the country. The Baltic Triangle is undoubtedly the eye of Liverpool’s ever-growing cultural and economic storm. Near the very centre of the city, the Baltic Triangle has grown in stereo with its surrounding areas. Liverpool has evolved and grown together; a singular vision that has propelled all involved with incredible momentum. Their common goal? To shake a city from its enforced slumber and to rejuvenate and regenerate with aplomb.

The Baltic Triangle sits next to the RopeWalks district; an area that has received £250 million worth of regeneration. This collection of historical Liverpool streets is much like the Baltic Triangle itself, a heady combination of old and new. The beautiful, archaic streets and structures house brand new ideas, commercial prospects and residential areas that have breathed new life into the area. Sound familiar? It should. It is the city’s latest and greatest philosophy. Incorporating Lydia Ann Street, Renshaw Street, Roscoe Street and Hanover Street, these well-trodden pavements are linked together more tightly than ever in modern Liverpool.

Anglican Cathedral

North of the Baltic Triangle lies the world-renowned Liverpool ONE retail development. Liverpool ONE is the £1bn complex that returned Liverpool to its rightful place as a leading shopping, leisure, and entertainment area.

A short distance from the Baltic Triangle lies the developments of the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre, the Exhibition Centre and three hotels constructed since Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year of 2008. These venues host a range of events from concerts, major business forums, and annual party-political conferences, with both Labour and the Liberal Democrats holding their gatherings there in recent years.

It is fitting that the Baltic Triangle should occupy such a key place in the city. The area is the historical heart of Liverpool’s warehouse and dock trade that once made the city the most crucial link in the worldwide economic chain through the 18th and 19th centuries. The area that constitutes the Baltic Triangle carries with it the weight of its immense history.

The name of the Baltic Triangle derives from Liverpool’s history of trade with the countries that comprised the old British trade route through the Baltic Sea, mainly two nations on the Scandinavian Peninsula, Norway, and Sweden. Other Baltic countries such as Germany and Poland were also prominent trading partners with Liverpool. The latter two nations exported oak timber to the city to aid its rapidly growing building projects. But Liverpool’s historical links to the Baltic countries in this one specific area doesn’t end there.

Located on Park Lane, the Grade II listed Gustav Adolf Church, or the Scandinavian Seaman’s Church, is one of the most arresting buildings not only in the Baltic Triangle but the whole of the city of Liverpool. The church served the spiritual needs of the large numbers of Scandinavian emigrants, mostly sailors who arrived through Liverpool’s dockyards.

Scandinavian Church

The rich maritime history of Liverpool is stamped all over the Baltic Triangle. The city’s critical and controversial role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade lives within the old warehouses on Jamaica Street. It is there in New Bird Street, named after Alderman Joseph Bird; former Lord Mayor of Liverpool and a prominent 18th-century slave trader. That history, so vital to the city’s growth and economy but viewed with anger and introspection in the present day, can be seen in Blundell Street, named after Bryan Blundell, a slave trader who also founded the Bluecoat School, one of Liverpool’s most reputable education institutes.

The comprehensive industrial history of the Baltic Triangle bleeds into what we see before us today. The warehouses and depots and units house the mix of old and new that has made the Baltic Triangle the vast economic and cultural force it is now.

Liverpool was responsible for 40% of the world’s trade over two centuries. The colossal, tenacious warehouses in the Baltic Triangle that today accommodate digital start-ups, vital creative spaces, bars, restaurants and some of the world’s most prominent arts and culture festivals, once held treasures from the four corners of the world.

Where we see the modern mini-metropolises of Camp and Furnace, Elevator Studios, Hangar 34 and the Great Baltic Warehouse, reclaiming the city’s most important spaces, hundreds of thousands of merchants and sailors from far-flung locations saw streets and buildings teeming with the thrill of discovery and economy.

Music Venue

It was in these narrow and labyrinthine streets that unimaginable visions occurred. Imagine the sight of a sperm whale, brought all the way from the Arctic Circle, dragged onto the streets and stripped bare for its valuable blubber and oil. Perceive the notion of people from everywhere in the world at once lugging and hawking goods both exotic and functional at every turn. It happened. It happened every day and every week and every year. It made the Baltic Triangle what it is today.

While the latter-day residents, entrepreneurs, and inhabitants of the Baltic Triangle won’t be stripping a whale carcass any time soon, although never say never, the variety of uses and modes of expression present in the area today owes much to the shimmy and shake and the hustle and bustle of intercontinental commerce that came before it.

The Baltic Triangle has not forgotten its roots. The area is still home to plenty of industry, the type that fixes all the nuts and bolts of the world. It keeps things ticking over while the rest of us carry on regardless. While the people and the press may be dazzled by colourful regeneration, technological innovation and the flourishing ambition of youth and ideas, we would do well not to forget the people and the trades that make all this possible. The Baltic Triangle makes us remember.

In among the raft of modern businesses, philosophies, and modes of presentation, lies a wealth of small and medium-sized enterprises that hark back to the hands-on, manual history of the Baltic Triangle. A slew of mechanics, electricians, repair workshops, metal beaters and other independent companies and traders comprise the old school commercial backbone of the Baltic Triangle. It keeps the Baltic Triangle grounded in its roots.

The wealth of venues, attractions and innovations are what makes the Baltic Triangle not just the toast of Liverpool, but the talk of the UK. It is attracting the cream of the world’s talent, entrepreneurs, and ideas at a constant rate.

The Baltic Triangle is home to some incredible venues and events that are recognised the world over. Camp and Furnace, Baltic Creative, Elevator Studios, Constellations and Baltic Social effortlessly combine leisure and commerce. The events they attract are evidence of the area’s power and potential. Liverpool Sound City, the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and Threshold Festival are just a smattering of the various happenings that take place in the Baltic Triangle and pull in visitors and media from across the globe.

Binary Festival, an annual two-day event for digital businesses to throw open their doors to the public, is a vital educational tool for the city’s people to get a closer look at the inner workings of the Baltic Triangle’s incredible revolution. The rise of vTime, whose headquarters are in the Baltic Triangle, is one of the areas great, digital success stories, and again in keeping with very tenets of the regenerated zone, maintains a link to the Liverpool’s past. vTime formed from the ashes of Liverpool’s own Psygnosis; the revolutionary video game and publisher responsible for some of the most memorable and enduring video games ever created.

But what’s next for the Baltic Triangle? Can they improve upon the beautiful oasis they have created? If you’ve been paying attention, you will already know the answer to that question.

Plans and schemes are already in place to take things further than ever thought possible. Liverpool and the Baltic Triangle are looking forward to the next decade to increase in capacity and scope, with an emphasis on the nurturing of more commercial power and a spike in residential properties.

Creative Hub

Up to 500,000 square feet of further commercial space is being developed and within the next three years, the Baltic Triangle will have trebled its overall area to 170,000 square feet and will be home to even more businesses. The upcoming Ten Streets regeneration project that will transform the northern parts of Liverpool’s docks will grow and clasp hands with the outer reaches of the Baltic Triangle, unifying the city’s most exciting historical and rejuvenated areas. A £200 million regeneration framework for community services is already implemented.

The next step for the Baltic Triangle involves enticing more potential residents to the city. The bloom and boom of the area, detailed in everything you’ve just read, will be incredibly enticing to people looking to set up in the area. Living within or just outside the Baltic Triangle is becoming the most prominent status symbol in the city; a chance to be nestled snugly between the heart, lungs, and stomach of Liverpool. Demand is already high as the quick sell out of developments such as City Terraces demonstrate. New developments springing up in the area will face high demand from potential tenants as the region grows and becomes more prosperous and visible.

The Baltic Triangle is a microcosm of Liverpool’s past, present, and future. It is a blend of old world commercial toughness and endeavour with modern innovation. It is the traditions of crowds of people being together and sharing in prosperity and good times assimilated into modern cuisines and flavours from all over the world. It is the camaraderie and intimacy of city life with the hardships and triumphs the city has endured and enjoyed.

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