Stanley Street Quarter, Liverpool
The Stanley Street quarter is the spiritual home of the Liverpool’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community. Liverpool City Council appointed Feria Urbanism to lead a project to drive the revitalisation of the area. This appointment demonstrates that our team has the ability to deal with a multitude of social, economic and environmental issues and understand their interconnectedness.
Our approach to the project involved a series of one-to-one, face-to-face interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, including bar owners, club night promoters, property developers, business owners, estate agents, residents associations, the police and local authority officers. These interviews revealed a large amount of common ground, shared concerns and specific issues regarding the public realm and urban management.
The interview series was followed by an interactive design workshop. All stakeholders completed specific tasks that addressed branding and identity; street design and traffic management; events and promotions; city-wide links and connections; architectural modifications; land use mix, and crime, safety and lighting.
A steering group of public and private interests was formed as a direct result of the project. This has already delivered on many of the recommendations, including street markets, food festivals and the need for a better integration with recently regenerated parts of Liverpool. More creative use of planning policy to incentivise greater care of listed buildings was also recommended. One of our recommended quick wins was implemented within months of the final report: the installation of rainbow street signs to celebrate the identity of diversity of this vital urban quarter.