Worthington Owen has been appointed to secure independent leisure and retail operators for Elliot Group's Wolstenholme Square development.
The scheme, which includes 445 studios and apartments, will include a new pedestrian route lined with retail units which will link Wolstenholme Square with Seel Street. There will also be a number of stores facing the revamped square itself, with their size determined by end-users' requirements.
The area is being completely refurbished with the help of Jorge Pardo, who designed the playful Penelope sculpture as part of Liverpool's 2002 Biennial.
Andrew Owen of Worthington Owen believes the focus now is on "ensuring the best possible mix of businesses so that the development stays busy from dawn until dusk".
"Ropewalks is finally fulfilling the potential we all knew it had," he said. "The boundaries of Bold Street, Berry Street, Hanover and Duke Street are now more or less taken care of and Wolstenholme Square represents a unique opportunity to push in to the heart of the Ropewalks."
Elliot Lawless of Elliot Group added: "Our aim has always been to create the most desirable and relaxed public spaces in the city.
"The final piece in the jigsaw will be having creative, innovative independent operators to bring it all to life and I'm delighted to have Worthington Owen on board to help with that ambition."