The 2012 SIF (Strategic Investment Framework) document for the city proposes the removal of the Churchill way flyover. 2 flyover structures run from Islington, sweeping past the rear of the library and World Museum though to Dale Street and Tithebarn street with a number of walkways beneath them.
With costs estimated at between £3-4 million to orchestrate the removal of these structures, it would be a shame to see this level of funds spent with little in return. The city’s desire to remove this brutal structure and it’s dank and threatening pedestrian routes is totally understandable. What if there was a far more exciting and affordable alternative to demolition that really added something to the city?
We Make Liverpool’s vision of ‘the Flyover’, sees the highway gifted to the people, following removal of traffic and the creation of a pedestrian and cycle-friendly promenade in the sky.
With the addition of planting, kiosks, cafes, lighting and power infrastructure, this route of hustle, bustle and speed is transformed into a thriving oasis and green lung in the centre of the city, an iconic attraction for residents and visitors.
This proposal also animates the existing pedestrian walkways beneath the road, making them safe with lighting and activity. Artists studios and small units for start-ups, offer a link with the adjacent LJMU and the new UTC which opens on Scotland Road in 2015.
The circular pedestrian ramp to the rear of the World Museum, viewed through our eyes, is another ready-made gift to the city, transformed into a spectacular ‘theatre-in-the-round’ space which will complement the adjacent cultural attractions of the World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Central Library and St Georges Hall.
The Flyover has the potential to become a thriving promenade and meeting space within an important part of the city centre which is central to the vision
The SIF’s vision is to enhance Liverpool’s distinctive offer, particularly through Enterprise, People and Place, The Flyover project not only underpins all three elements, but supports one of the SIFs objectives which is to provide safe and legible movement for pedestrians and cyclists from Dale Street to Lime Street
With creative use of low cost materials, there is no reason why a scheme with this amount of vision should cost the earth. Add to this, the siting of solar and wind energy generation along the park, powering a vibrant lighting scheme for night-time promenaders and cyclists, running costs can be minimized
Let’s not simply dispose of this structure, it’s one almighty opportunity waiting for action! (and it won a Concrete Society Award!)
This article first appeared on the Future Liverpool Facebook page.