The iconic and much-loved department store will shake off its dust and become major new retail and leisure complex, ‘Circus’.
If you’ve been to Liverpool, you’ve seen it. The twentieth-century Grade II listed building, Lewis’s, adorned masterfully with a statue of a nude man above its entrance, arms outstretched and signalling to a time forgotten; baring all to people below.
The 18ft bronze statue, named ‘Liverpool Resurgent’, was originally created by Sir Jacob Epstein and mounted above the main entrance to the building to symbolise Liverpool’s resurgence following its devastation during World War II.
Now, the Ranelagh Street building, which has remained mostly vacant since the department store’s demise in 2010, is set for an exciting resurgence of its own. Thanks to the developer, Augur Group, Lewis’s building will be reborn and rebranded to do what it does best; provide a high-class retail and leisure space in the heart of the city.
This proposal has been developed in collaboration with Liverpool City Council and Network Rail, and thankfully, the plans mean the landmark statue will be retained as part of the regeneration.
Augur Group Chief Executive, Simon Mann, explained the plan promises to bring this historic building back to life.
Mann also confirmed that Augur is in talks with a number of key potential tenants, including cinema operators and with large leisure and restaurant groups.
Additional plans to expand Central Station
As if a Lewis’s revamp wasn’t exciting enough, this regeneration comes with additional plans for Network Rail and Merseytravel to expand Liverpool Central Station.
Merseytravel’s long-term vision is to develop a new link between Edge Hill Station and Liverpool Central Station. The expansion will be designed to accommodate increasing passenger numbers as the station has quickly become one of the busiest stations in the UK.
Knowledge Quarter Liverpool
This news comes alongside promising plans recently released by Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ) for the city’s own version of Times Square. Lime Square will take pride of place adjacent to tewis’s building with the proposed transport link, Lime Line, running from the square to Brownlow Hill.
It is exciting to imagine how this area will soon establish itself as what developers are calling the glittering epicentre of the city.
KQ Liverpool is currently benefitting from a £1 billion investment. It is home to some of the world’s most influential players in science, health, technology, culture and education, including the new £335 million Royal Hospital.
A completion date for Circus is yet to be confirmed but we can’t wait to discover the delights it has in store.