As part of a major makeover, Eberle Street, Liverpool has been revamped with a unique paving and lighting scheme that pays homage to the mythical Emerald City of the Wizard of Oz, Yellow Brick Road and Judy Garland.
Opened in conjunction with the Liverpool Pride weekend at the end of July to mark the annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Liverpool, the works represent the biggest investment in the city’s LGBT quarter for a decade.
The design was a creative collaboration between the Liverpool BID Company, Liverpool City Council, Amey Consulting and award-winning Liverpool-based landscape architects BCA Landscape. The works were carried out by Amey LG and King Construction.
The original footway material of tarmac, with concrete kerbing, has made way for a levelled street featuring a mix of Hardscape-supplied contemporary paving consisting of high quality Kobra and Crystal Black diamond-shaped granite paving interspersed with Kellen Liscio Giallo and Ambrogio paving incorporating inspirational bespoke ‘artscape’ elements, crafted and produced by Hardscape, using Crystalpave re-cycled glass depicting illustrations from the Wizard of Oz including Dorothy’s slippers and Toto the dog!
The Eberle Street scheme is part of a larger £1.6m programme to improve the business area and north-south pedestrian connections between the commercial district and the retail core of Liverpool city centre.