Masons is awaiting its first instruction from urban regeneration agency Liverpool Vision after winning an appointment to its panel
Liverpool Vision is a partnership between Liverpool Council, the North West Development Agency and English Partnerships. It was set up in 2000 as one of the UK's first three pioneer urban regeneration companies, following Lord Rogers' urban taskforce report. In its strategic framework, it promised to channel more than £1.5m of investment into the city centre and create 10,000 long-term sustainable jobs as part of an integrated approach to Liverpool city centre regeneration. The opportunity for consultants across a wide range of disciplines was advertised in the spring last year. Masons was appointed following a competitive bid process beginning in October last year which involved both a questionnaire and an interview stage. Eversheds is also working for Liverpool Vision, winning the work on its huge development scheme for the Kings Waterfront site in the city. The £300m redevelopment is one of the largest redevelopment projects in the UK. Planning lawyer Joanne Hannah said that the work would be resourced mainly from Masons' Manchester office, drawing on the firm's expertise in construction procurement, property redevelopment, planning and environmental law. Hannah said: "This is very important as a regeneration project. It's something we were keen to see come forward and something we can bring our regeneration experience to."