From a standing start just a few years ago the Baltic, just south of the city centre, is now home to hundreds of creative and digital businesses – and it is set to get even bigger. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool’s thriving Baltic Triangle district will increase its commercial footprint over the next five to 10 years, providing 500,000 sq ft of additional commercial space for creative and digital businesses.
The creative and digital sector across the city region is worth almost £1bn a year and the Baltic, just south of the city centre, is its major hub with more than 400 businesses, as well as bars, restaurants and apartments.
When Liverpool’s port was one of the world’s biggest, the area’s Grade II-listed warehouses would handle goods from across the globe.
But as recently as a decade ago its streets had become silent and its magnificent buildings had fallen into dereliction.
Since 2009, the area has been transformed, and spearheading this change has been Baltic Creative CIC, a hub of around 130 businesses.
Over the next three years Baltic Creative will have tripled its footprint to 170,000 sq ft, servicing around 200 businesses.
Managing director Mark Lawler, who also represents the Baltic Triangle Area Company, says they are currently working with the city council to devise an ‘opportunity map’ which will offer potential developers and investors a detailed picture of the expansion opportunities in the area.
He said: “We are looking at double-digit annual growth in the city region’s creative and digital sector over the next five to 10 years and we need to expand here to accommodate that.
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