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Liverpool regeneration to create city’s ‘artistic quarter’

The Liverpool Empire, in the St George's Quarter of the city. Photo: Roland Ashdown. The Liverpool Empire, in the St George's Quarter of the city. Photo: Roland Ashdown.
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The area around the Liverpool Empire, Playhouse and Royal Court theatres is to be regenerated to create a new artistic quarter in the city.

The St George’s Quarter Community Interest Company aims to encourage more visitors to the area and will draw up a business strategy that will work alongside the city council’s strategic investment plan.

Immediate plans for the quarter, which also includes St George’s Hall and the Walker Art Gallery, centre around the promotion of the area to locals and visitors.

Gillian Millar, chair of the community interest company and chief executive of the Royal Court Trust, said: “Given the fact we now have a mayor in Liverpool, it felt like a really good time to set up this partnership and work with the mayor to promote the city in a more creative way.”

Millar explained that the partnership is also looking to improve the quarter’s infrastructure, such as its street lighting and pathways, in order to create a “friendly, vibrant area for tourists and locals”.

Around 4,500 people visit the quarter’s three theatres each night, and priorities for the group include maximising the opportunities presented by the area’s 
cultural presence.

“The three theatres provide very different things but they all complement each other. Together with the cafes, restaurants and other buildings, we think we can 
create a real cultural hub in the evenings,” Millar explained.

Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson, said the future development of the quarter was “fundamental to the city’s continued appeal to visitors”.

“Its importance to Liverpool cannot be overstated and from the start of my term as mayor it has been identified as one of the key areas for future development of the city centre,” he added.

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