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Circus, Liverpool

Location: Circus, Liverpool

Client: Augur Group


Retail, Office, Leisure, Mixed Use

Project Team: 

Simon Hastings, Denny Laban

Augur Liverpool purchased the iconic Lewis’s Department Store and 4 related plots in the old Liverpool Central Station site in 2016.

Colman Architects has since developed the ‘Circus’ masterplan strategy which enables the re-birth of the Lewis’s store, giving it new life by making it an integral and exciting part of the wider major development opportunity.

By combining Lewis’s, the old station site and a direct access into Central Station into a hub of Leisure and Retail around a new public space, ‘Circus’ will be a new and dynamic destination within Liverpool. It will extend and create links between the main retail of Liverpool and the developing Knowledge Quarter, and create a focal point for the regeneration of the area in a significant place-making opportunity.

The current scheme design provides more than 275,000 sq./ft. of retail and leisure space over 5 floors. This is in addition to the existing 126 room Adagio Aparthotel and over 70,000 sq./ft. of grade A refurbished office space over 4 floors and a 25,000 sq./ft. Pure Gym on the lower ground floor.
Proceeding in advance of the major project, works have been completed to safeguard and regenerate the Grade II listed Lewis’s building itself. Elevational refurbishment and a new external lighting scheme have been completed and heritage works to original internal features are being developed.

Proposals for improvements to the existing upper-floor Adagio aparthotel have been developed with new reception, lounge and dining areas being created at ground floor and meeting rooms and break-out spaces at 5th. Also, a striking new interior design for the existing office entrance and atrium has been delivered for ‘The Department’, Liverpool, regenerating office interest in the building.

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