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A collage of images showing architecture students from the University of Liverpool involved with the Huyton Village project

The brightest young minds in Architecture turn their focus on Huyton Village Centre

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council has teamed up with the University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture to help to further develop their plans for Huyton Village Centre.

The Council has an exciting 10 year development plan for Huyton Village which includes a number of ambitious proposals, the most transformational of these will see the delivery of:-

  • A commercial district – with opportunities for a hotel, offices (including the Council’s new HQ) and residential accommodation set around a new Village Green which will incorporate the Cenotaph.
  • A station gateway – creating a sense of arrival in Huyton incorporating new public spaces.
  • Derby Road high street improvements – providing a focal point in the town centre through the delivery of a streetscape project incorporating new community spaces, green space, improved lighting and better access to / from the train and bus stations.

Now, 35 architecture students from the University of Liverpool’s architecture degree programme are working with the Council on their final year project on sustainable high street renewal, focussing on how spaces and buildings in Huyton Village Centre could be used and how they could be transformed in terms of their appearance.

The students will use the findings of a perception survey recently conducted with residents, visitors and businesses in Huyton Village Centre, highlighting why people visit Huyton and what services or facilities people would like to see in Huyton, along with the Council’s 10 year development plan.

Students were today briefed on the Council’s aspirations for Huyton Village Centre along with a number of priority areas to review and develop ideas for.

Following the briefing, students visited Huyton Village Centre to see for themselves the spaces and buildings, and how they are being used, with a view to generating ideas around how these spaces and buildings could be transformed.

The relationship has been set up via Architectural Emporium, who are the architects working with the Council on the current shop front improvements in Huyton Village, and with whom the School Of Architecture are engaging with as an industry partner on their research and teaching on this project.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I’m delighted to be working with Architect students from the University of Liverpool and I’m looking forward to seeing their inspirational ideas for the future use and look of Huyton Village Centre. We have ambitious plans for Huyton and I know the students will have some really great ideas to share with us.”

Sandy Britton who is the Studio Leader from the University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture added: “I’m delighted to be working with Knowsley Council and the Architectural Emporium on this exciting project. There is so much potential in Huyton which will be realised through our three organisations working together to share ideas and knowledge. This project will give our students a great opportunity to put their research and learning into practice and share their vision for Huyton’s buildings and spaces which may hopefully be taken forward as part of the Council’s development plans.”