Sneak peak inside new flats with a stunning view of Liverpool’s waterfront
The site behind the Baltic Fleet pub sat derelict for years
These are the first pictures inside the giant Cargo development that brought new life to an old waterfront eyesore.
The site behind the Baltic Fleet pub sat derelict for years after a previous building project stalled leaving its lift shafts and concrete skeleton exposed.
But in 2014 the development, called Baltic Triangle , was taken over by another company so work could restart. And this week developer Promenade Estates invited the ECHO in for a tour.
Because it’s a waterfront site it’s whipped by the wind. Promenade says the scheme has been delayed because its cranes have to stop working when it gets windy.
But the buildings’ exteriors and the Cargo internal courtyard are almost complete and work on the interiors is now well under way.
When Promenade bought the site, it decided that it would build the scheme around the existing infrastructure rather than razing it. So the scheme was designed around the refurbished basement car park and three lift shafts already built.
The most prominent Cargo building is the black-clad one overlooking the Strand, where all the flats have large glass windows looking north.
That block is built around the lift shaft that was the tallest part of the derelict Baltic Triangle site.
The views from the 11th floor are stunning, looking out over the Albert Dock, the Three Graces, the West Tower and over to Wirral.
The apartments themselves were built off-site in Cheshire then lifted into place at Cargo like giant Lego bricks. The scheme includes more than 300 apartments for rent.
A show apartment on the first floor has been completed. The two-bed apartment has been designed so both bedrooms are the same size, making it less likely that pals sharing the flat will fall out over who gets the bigger room.
One bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, while the other is next to the flat’s main bathroom. There’s also a large open plan kitchen and living area.
There will be a gym for residents, as well as two commercial units on the ground floor. Promenade says a major supermarket and a “funky independent restaurant chain” are interested in those sites.
Promenade’s building scheme, originally called Baltic Village, was backed by HSBC. That makes it different to many other city schemes, which are funded by selling apartments in advance off-plan.
In 2015, Promenade agreed to sell the Baltic Village for some £50m to a joint venture between Vista Fund, the UK’s largest property services group, and £30bn group Hermes Investment Management.
That sale will officially complete once the building work is finished.
Promenade says there has been strong interest in the flats, but it will be up to the new owners to promote them.