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Plans to transform Liverpool city centre flyover into “promenade in the sky” | in Liverpool Echo 18/11/13

By Eleanor Barlow

Ambitous idea to breathe new life into roadway

Flyover from above, Liverpool

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 by a 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

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 PS2m and PS3m 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 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 will be launched.

This article first appeared on the Liverpool Echo website.
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