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Press Coverage (18/11/13)

The Liverpool Echo – Article 18/11/2013

 

Plans to transform Liverpool city centre flyover into “promenade in the sky”

Ambitious idea to breathe new life into roadway

Friends of the Flyover's vision of the Churchill flyover 

A campaign to save Liverpool’s city centre flyover and transform it into a “promenade in the sky” has been launched.

The Friends of the Flyover group was set up after the city’s 2012 Strategic Investment  Framework (SIF) proposed the removal of the Churchill flyover which runs from Islington,  past Central Library and the World  Museum though to Dale Street.

Kate Stewart, founder of city retailer made-here, started the project with Steve Threlfall,  creative director of interior designers Team a go-go and studioF, and Mark Bennett, associate architect at Michael Cunningham Architects, after they were inspired bya trip to Rotterdam.

The project proposes turning the roads into cyclist and pedestrian-friendly routes with planting, kiosks, cafes, lighting and power infrastructure.

Friends of the Flyover's vision of the Churchill flyover

 The group has also come up with an idea for a “theatre in the  round” space at the circular pedestrian ramp behind the World Museum.

In a statement the group said: “It will create an attraction that  offers ‘dwell’ time around the Museum Quarter which is currently surrounded on most sides by areas that are not  attractive or considered that safe for pedestrians.

“The space will offer the  potential for animation activities such as theatre, music, art, cafes,  allotments, trim trails, cycle paths  etc, and in the same way that New York’s High Line has become a visitor attraction in its own right. This new urban park will bring a  much need return on investment  into the city.”

The plans would cost between £2m and £3m to complete with the group looking to raise some money from donations from individuals and companies and  getting other funding from the  public sector and National  Lottery.

The project is in the early stages but the group said it has already had strong support on  Twitter.

After the consultation stage detailed design proposals will be drawn up and a fundraising campaign launched.

For more information go to friendsoftheflyover.org.uk or follow the friends on Twitter @FlyoverLPL

 

Link to online article: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/plans-transform-liverpool-city-centre-6313136

 

Cycle.cc- Article 18/11/2013

‘Bike-friendly “promenade in the sky” proposed for Liverpool flyover’

http://road.cc/content/news/99159-bike-friendly-promenade-sky-proposed-liverpool-flyover

 

Open Culture – Article 18/11/2013

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http://culture.org.uk/2013/11/friends-of-the-flyover/#

 

JMU Journalism – Article 18/11/2013

(Claire Reid, JMU Journalism)

A new campaign to save Liverpool city centre’s fly-over and give it a massive make-over has been launched.

The Churchill Way flyover consists of two structures which run from Islington around the back of the Central Library and the World Museum along to Dale Street and Tithebarn Street.

The 2012 Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) has laid out plans for the removal of the flyover costing roughly £3-4 million, but campaigners, ‘Friends of the Flyover’, would like to see it transformed.

The ‘promenade in the sky’ is a plan to turn the road into a cyclist and pedestrian-friendly route, with cafes, kiosks, allotments and even bee hives to create honey. There are also ambitious plans to build a ‘theatre in the round’, including space for artists’ studios as well as start-up units for small businesses.

In a statement, the group said: “It will create an attraction that offers ‘dwell’ time around the Museum Quarter, which is currently surrounded on most sides by areas that are not attractive or considered that safe for pedestrians.

 

“The space will offer the potential for animation activities such as theatre, music, art, cafes, allotments, trim trails, cycle paths etc, and in the same way that New York’s High Line has become a visitor attraction in its own right. This new urban park will bring a much need return on investment into the city.”

The campaign already has support on Twitter and Facebook, and Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, tweeted: “Interesting ideas from @FlyoverLPL about the eyesore that is Churchill Way flyover – look forward to meeting group.”

The project is in its early stages and will first have to go to the consultation stage before detailed design proposals are drawn up and the group begin fundraising.

http://jmu-journalism.org.uk/ambitious-plans-for-fly-over-launched/

 

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Provoking LiverpoolX

LiverpoolX is an awesome 24hr (& a bit) conference set up by those talented people at Archetype Studio.

After the hype of the last few days, they asked us to pop-in and ‘provoke’ their audience with news about The Flyover – so we did!

We Make liverpool at Liverpool X

We Make liverpool at Liverpool X

Some great questions from the floor, not all in total support, but provocations would be really boring if everyone agreed!

Our job over the coming months is to convince those who don’t automatically think this is a great idea of its value to the city