Unity

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Liverpool, 2006

 

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The shorter of the towers contains office accommodation, the taller is residential 

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  • The shorter of the towers contains office accommodation, the taller is residential    
  • Unity view from street    
  • Unity Towers    
  • Unity    
  • View down Chapel Street looking towards the River Mersey and showing the commercial portion of the scheme. In contrast to the tunnel-form residential tower the office block is framed allowing for flexible internal space    
  • Detail of cladding    
  • Unity in context    
  • Skyline from across the river    
  • Unity in context    
  • The penthouse topping the stepped residential building makes a bold new addition to the city’s skyline    
  • Unity, on Liverpool    
  • The penthouse topping the stepped residential building makes a bold new addition to the city’s skyline    
  • The penthouse topping the stepped residential building makes a bold new addition to the city’s skyline    
  • Detail of facade    
  • Ground plan    
  • Typical plan    
  • Typical upper plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Flat types    
  • Sections    
  • Sections    
  • Vorticist Edward Wadsworth’s paintings of World War One ‘dazzle ships’ inspired the patterning of the facades    
  • Montage of site    
  • Concept sketch    
  • Facades of the office building    
  • Facades of the office building    
  • Colour is used on the residential interiors    
  • Sketch    
  • Concept sketch    

Providing both residential and commercial space, the scheme has two towers with 161 apartments and 15,000m2 of accommodation for businesses

The Unity building consists of two towers: one residential, the other commercial, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. The site is adjacent to the Liver Building on Liverpool’s historic waterfront. The buildings are joined around a sun-trapping open space designed by muf. The office building is framed and the residential building tunnel-form. This makes the offices flexible and the apartments inflexible.

From a structural perspective the two towers are quite different, but both have combinations of pile and pad foundations to suit the sloping rock-head levels. Both towers have a deep basement constructed from a contiguous piled wall which was chosen to take the traffic surcharge loads from above and to avoid the need to prop the basement wall during construction.

The 27-storey residential tower has three levels of transfer structure:
he first consists of transfer walls above the car park; the second
f transfer walls over the eight-storey block of flats at the tower’s base; and the third is a transfer plate below the penthouse pod.

Data

  • Begun: Jun 2004
  • Completed: Jul 2006
  • Floor area: 36,470m2
  • Sectors: Residential, Office
  • Total cost: £60M
  • Procurement: Bespoke
  • Address: Unity Towers, 3 Rumford Place, Liverpool, L3 9BZ, United Kingdom

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