Gethin Hughes, Rhiannon Morgan, Omar Shariff
The New Town of Birkenhead aims to inject life back into the existing town, whilst accommodating the predicted future population growth of Liverpool City Region. Taking advantage of the town’s close proximity to the city of Liverpool, it provides a good opportunity for expansion. This ‘new town’ would aim to improve the quality of life of the current residents, re-imagining Birkenhead as a pleasurable and vibrant place to live, with the significant new asset of an animated waterfront and an enhanced infrastructure of green parks.
The project explores Garden City principles and would reintroduce people into the town, aiming to increase Birkenhead’s population from 83,000 to 200,000 people. It would be a healthy place to live, with the wellbeing of its inhabitants, at the core of the project aspirations. Better utilisation of the existing public transport links to Liverpool, along with the introduction of pedestrian, vehicular and cycle routes throughout the town would mean that all necessary amenities will be within a 10 minute walking distance from the town centre. A new urban park to the south would welcome visitors from Birkenhead Central Station and a new urban square to the north would link to Hamilton Square station, the ferry terminal and the bus station.