Westfield Liverpool could receive an estimated $93 million facelift if a proposal for an eight-storey tower and a dining leisure and entertainment precinct is approved.
Owner and operator Scentre Group has lodged an application to redevelop the shopping centre with residents invited to make a submission. The development application is now on public exhibition with comments due by February 2019.
Under the plans, a portion of the existing centre and southern façade fronting Elizabeth Drive would be demolished, a new entrance to the shopping complex built and additional parking included. The proposed tower will feature a ground-floor retail and a commercial lobby, while the entertainment and leisure precinct will include restaurants, cafes, shops, a family-friendly tavern and a reconfigured cinema on level three.
A Scentre Group spokesperson said its “community-led approach to design and planning” meant customers and residents were consulted about what was important to them at Westfield Liverpool.
“They told us they wanted to see new and vibrant dining experiences, upgraded cinema and new leisure offerings.
“So whether that’s catching a movie, entertaining the kids or meeting friends for a meal, it was clear that our customers wanted to enjoy more of these activities at Westfield Liverpool,” the spokeswoman said.
The proposed commercial tower “will provide space for the expanding Liverpool business community” and “cement Westfield Liverpool as a true living centre within the Liverpool CBD”, she said.
Original article published in the Liverpool Leader, January 29, 2019.