Revitalising the Student Scene on Smithdown Road
Many former Liverpool Universities Students will have experienced the joys of living on or around Smithdown Road at one time or another. Whilst it may be looking a bit tired nowadays, Smithdown Road has long been established as one of the main student quarters, home to a large percentage of Liverpool’s 55,000+ student population. It has been challenged over recent years by large scale city centre developments. However, many of the buildings forming the Smithdown street scene reflect the status that this historic street once enjoyed. The 1.7 mile length of the street, made infamous by “the Smithdown Ten” pub crawl has witnessed an ever changing demographic over the years. In the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s it was residence to a vibrant craft trade consisting of tailors, watchmakers, wrought iron workers and even leather smiths. The area saw huge decline in the 1980’s, but the student scene has remained a constant. Damian Field Architects are working with London developers Habitus to bring life back to some of these buildings. The aim is to offer quality accommodation for students and young professionals…..a far cry from my student days of the 1990’s. Whilst it wasn’t quite “The Young Ones” I did share a house off Smithdown Road which didn’t have a roof – happy days though!