By Daniel Hunter

Huge development plans for the city of Liverpool have been revealed at the launch of the City Centre Strategic Investment Framework (SIF).

Developed by Liverpool Vision, in conjunction with a team of regeneration experts led by Drivers Jonas Deloitte, the SIF outlines exciting developments and improvements to key business and residential districts in the city centre.

The plans follow in the footsteps of the successful City Centre Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF), launched in 2001 and are a result of a major consultation exercise with Liverpool’s business community and residents.

The SRF 2001 envisaged scores of projects including Liverpool ONE, The Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool (ACCL), the cruise liner facility, the City Centre Movement Strategy and Lime Street Gateway, as well as suggesting that Liverpool bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2008.

“The SIF is designed to create a new trajectory for the city through which Liverpool will become a world renowned international trading and cultural location," Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, the city’s economic development agency, said.

"We have bold plans that play to our strengths and through their careful exploitation we will be an international force to be reckoned with.

“The SIF recommends how physical projects can provide a platform to boost the city, but combined with strategic objectives and a focus on neighbourhoods it aims to ensure that economic and social benefits, job creation and growth can be realised.”

The waterfront regeneration will continue, building on the transformation that started with the creation of ACCL, which is continuing with the construction of a £40m Exhibition Centre extension. The continuous investment to the waterfront area will see a further increase in visitor numbers and spending. Improvement plans include the provision of better access along the dockside through the north-south axis, along with projects to utilise fully the water space, seeing the creation of dedicated sports and leisure areas.

Liverpool ONE has been a major catalyst for retail development and the city will continue to grow, offering an unparalleled shopping experience. The area between Liverpool One and Lime Street is a key focus area and plans will better connect these parts of the city centre and create an improved high quality retail offer. This is designed to complement the investment made in recent years in Liverpool ONE and Church Street.

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