Liverpool One, Two & Three
Liverpool has always buzzed, even in its darker days, but today it’s booming, and underpinning the resurgence are
institutions with roots deep in the Merseyside soil
ACathedral brings gravitas and spiritual support to a city. Liverpool has two. university brings enormous economic and employment benefits, along with the intellectual. Liverpool has three.
Completing the triumvirate is the city’s temple to retailing, Liverpool One. All three have seen the impact of World Heritage status and the legacy of being crowned Capital of Culture in 2008 is still showing benefits.
Donna Howitt, of Liverpool One, credits that event with re-energising the city. ‘This is also the tenth anniversary of Liverpool One being opened by the Queen in October 2008. There’s been enormous change since then. More people are now living in the centre, tourism brings many visitors and the night-time economy is in great shape.’
So too is the retail development, currently 100 per cent let. ‘Originally it was fashion underpinned by leisure, now it’s the other way round. We have great fashion brands, lots new to the city and the North like Arket and Cos, but people come for the social experience of drinks, a meal and to meet friends.’
The city’s three universities and their students also play
‘Originally it was fashion underpinned by leisure, now it’s the other way round. We have great fashion brands but people
come for the social experience of drinks, a meal and to meet friends’
a major part. Two designated student events are held annually at Liverpool One, the most recent this September. ‘There was a live DJ and interactive games, many stores offered free gifts, samples and discounts,’ says Donna.
‘Many stores say it was the busiest day of the year so far.’
Pro-vice-chancellor Professor Dinah Birch of Liverpool University stresses the strength of its links with the city – no town-and-gown divide here.
‘The university has its origins in the Liverpool merchants of the 19th century, very wealthy
Liverpool One has just celebrated its tenth anniversary