A £250m development of three soaring tower blocks on the edge of Liverpool city centre looks set to be approved by city planners next week.
Developer Elliot Group wants to build the Infinity 鈥渢riple towers鈥?development off Leeds Street.
The tallest of those towers would be 39 storeys high, making it the city鈥檚 third-tallest building.
The scheme would include more than 1,000 homes as well as some retail units, office space, a cinema room, gym and swimming pool.
The council has received eight letters of support 鈥渃ommenting that the development is iconic and will positively contribute to Liverpool鈥檚 skyline鈥?
In their report recommending approval for the scheme, council planners say: 鈥淭he redevelopment of this site with a striking modern development of significant scale and landmark design presents the opportunity for a building that is visually befitting of this prominent gateway location and serves as a beacon to the city centre and its commercial district.?/p>
Infinity was originally set to include three 34-storey towers but was revised to include 39, 33 and 27 storey towers.
The tallest tower would be taller than Liverpool Cathedral but still shorter than the Radio City Tower and the 40-storey West Tower nearby.
Speaking in December, Adam Hall of architects Falconer Chester Hall said: 鈥淭he design has evolved so that each block is now wrapped in two shimmering glazed skins that represent the sun reflecting off the undulating river.?/p>
The area off Leeds Street, known as Pumpfields, has been earmarked for industrial use but is now being targeted by residential developers. Another tower, the 27-storey Ovatus 1 across the road at the junction with Old Hall Street, is also lined up for approval next week.
The planning report into Infinity says: 鈥淣otwithstanding the uncertainty over employment land supply and demand in the city, the fact remains that the industrial area of 鈥楶umpfields鈥?has declined in popularity, and now comprises a largely poor stock of business premises with a limited life span, which are not attractive to businesses and investors, other than those seeking short term contracts at a low rent.
鈥淎 recent survey has estimated that as little as 21% of land in 鈥楶umpfields鈥?comprises operating businesses, and as much as 30% of land is vacant. This cannot signal a sustainable future for this area purely for industrial purposes, and it will need to diversify through mixed-use regeneration.?/p>
Triple towers Developer Elliot is in talks with business in the Acorn Industrial Estate that currently occupies the site to help them relocate elsewhere in the city.
The planning report says: 鈥淭he Interim Head of Planning welcomes this approach, and accepts that the existing industrial buildings are not visually befitting of this prominent gateway to the city centre.?/p>
The planning report says the towers will affect views of some of the city鈥檚 most famous buildings,
But it adds: 鈥淎ny harm to the setting of the Waterloo Warehouse, Tobacco Warehouse, Stanley Dock Conservation Area and Metropolitan Cathedral is deemed less than substantial and outweighed by the wider regeneration benefits of the development.?/p>