Liverpool’s LGBT quarter is set for a dramatic renovation as part of the biggest investment in the area for 10 years. Eberle Street is being transformed by unique ‘Artscape‘ paving and lighting scheme that will honour the mythical Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz, Yellow Brick Road and Judy Garland. The aim of the inventive facelift, due to complete in Spring 2016, is to celebrate the city’s LGBT tradition and community with designs also inspired by the rich cultural history of bars in the area such as Garlands and Gbar.
The Eberle Street project is part of a wide £1.4 million programme to improve the public realm between the commercial district and the retail core of the city centre.
It is hoped the redevelopment will also turn the area into a major tourist attraction. Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, says: “These works will give a unique look to Eberle Street in keeping with it being at the heart of the LGBT quarter. “This is part of the city centre which is thriving and attracts many visitors and its transformation will make it an even greater attraction. Local businesses have been closely involved in the design process and are helping make this a very exciting scheme.”
Hardscape are currently producing the Artscape Crystalpave feature artwork at their Midlands facility to fit within a mix of granite and Kellen paving designed by BCA Landscape Architects.