A ‘Wizard of Oz’ influenced transformation of Liverpool’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) quarter got underway yesterday (25 April).
Work to install new paving and lighting along Eberle Street which will pay homage to the Yellow Brick Road and the mythical Land of Oz commenced, and is aimed to be completed in time for the annual Pride celebrations in July.
Jointly funded by Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council, the project is inspired by the entertainment venues in the ‘Stanley Street Quarter’ including the Artist Club, Garlands, Passion and Gbar.
The scheme, which will also see bespoke LED lighting provided from catenaries’ suspended from the buildings to complement the shape and structure of the paving below, is part of a wider £1.6 million programme to improve the business are and pedestrian connections between the city centre’s Commercial District and main retail areas.
Jim Gill, chairman of the Commercial District BID which represents more than 550 businesses, says: “The Eberle Street scheme is a real highlight of this programme of works and I’ve no doubt it will prove to be a great attraction when it is completed.”
The themed lighting and pavement design is a creative collaboration between Liverpool BID Company, Liverpool City Council, Amey Consulting and Liverpool-based award winning designers BCA Landscape.
The works are being carried out by Amey LG and local contractor King Construction, and stakeholders from local businesses have been invited to review, approve and add design input at all stages of the process.