These amazing pictures show how Liverpool One looked a decade ago as the BILLION-pound scheme that changed the city forever took shape.

ECHO photographer Colin Lane dug out these pictures he took of the development, then called the Paradise Project , taken 10 years ago this week.

Liverpool ONE ’s landmarks, from the giant flight of steps by John Lewis to the double-decker shops in North John Street, have become so familiar that you can forget how dramatically it changed a previously quiet area of the city when it opened in 2008.

Of the most striking pictures shows the giant zig-zag steps at the heart of the complex being built. You can see the steps taking shape, and the ramps for the long escalators are in place.

But looking down over Paradise Street, most of College Lane is a building site, with just the Bluecoat ’s proud old walls visible.

Paradise Street itself is almost unrecognisable, with the building only coming up to first and second floor height.

Liverpool One Paradise Project. The East section of the project looking out to the Bluecoat & the former Quiggins area taken in August 2007

Another picture shows those giant curved steps leading doWn to the Hilton Hotel and the bus station under construction.

There is no sign of any steps just yet – only some curved concrete ramps below the almost-complete John Lewis store.

The Liverpool One Paradise Project under construction in August 2007 – the South John street entrance to what would become HMV

Chavasse Park has become a much-loved green space.

So Colin’s picture of he site as just an empty space on top of a giant building is a striking one – when you’re in the park today, it’s easy to forget there are several storeys below you.

The Paradise Project, now Liverpool ONE, being built in August 2007. The East section of the project looking out to Hanover Street & the fomer site of Radio Merseyside (front)

Beyond that are the two concrete shafts that would become the One Park West housing development, facing the park and The Strand.

Another picture shows the restaurant terrace, today one of the centre’s busiest spots, as just a concrete plain.

The latticed metal roof over North John Street is in place, and you can see Debenhams behind.

Liverpool One Paradise Project restaurant location taken in August 2007. Photo by Colin Lane

A striking picture looking across to Hanover Street shows that even a year ahead of its opening, there were still many buildings to be put up.

The older buildings that form part of the development are supported by scaffolding, but the block that would eventually house restaurants such as Jamie’s Italian has yet to be built.

Liverpool One Paradise Project pictured South John Street (below right) with the rootop set to become Chevasse Park taken in August 2007. Photo by Colin Lane

Meanwhile the entrance to the terracotta-coloured building that would eventually hold HMV is already recognisable – but there’s just a rubble-strewn slope behind it where the steps up to Lord Street are today.

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