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Retail slashed for residential at Liverpool’s Circus

Developer Augur Group has hired architect 3DReid to draw up plans for 200 homes as part of the wider mixed-use scheme, reducing the amount of retail space previously proposed.

However, a planning application for the Circus, to be located on land behind the Lewis’s Building off Bold Street and next to Liverpool Central Station, is not expected until next year, Augur’s chief executive Simon Mann told Place North West. Mann added that the 275,000 sq ft of retail space proposed when the Circus was first unveiled in 2018 would be significantly reduced to make way for the residential scheme, which is to feature upwards of 200 units.

Last week, Augur won approval to expand the range of uses permitted within the 400,000 sq ft for Lewis’s department store building on Renshaw Street, with a view to converting former retail into offices or to accommodate leisure companies.

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