Blog | 28/11/17

A Waterfront to the World

By Ian Pollitt and Lindsay Ashworth, Assistant Project Director and Director of Development at Liverpool Waters

Liverpool is a world famous maritime city.

Whether it’s a relative who served in the Merchant Navy or worked on one of the cruise ships or handled the cargo coming from every corner of the globe, almost everyone in the city has some connection to the docks.

So, when Peel Land and Property purchased the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, we knew any development would have to reflect the scale and its proud maritime history.

Liverpool Waters comprises over 60 hectares, running 2km along the banks of the Mersey, from the Pier Head north to Bramley-Moore Dock. Such a large site presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges in equal measure.

As one of the largest single-ownership schemes in Europe, with outline planning permission already secured, it gives the much needed confidence that attracts  investors and developers who desire to bring their schemes to this great city of Liverpool.

As a result, three new residential towers at Princes Dock have progressed to secure detailed planning permission with construction in progress. In addition, the first residential development in the Central Docks area has also secured detailed planning permission.

This year has seen significant progress on plans for the new Liverpool International Cruise Liner Terminal and, of course, Everton Football Club is moving ever closer to the dream of a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. Estimates suggest the new stadium development could be worth over £1 billion for the Liverpool City Region economy.

As we look forward to the next exciting phase of Liverpool Waters, you can already see the project transforming the north end of the city centre.

Princes Dock is firmly established as a key business destination in the North West, a fact borne out by a host of new businesses signing up for space there in the last year and existing tenants, such as KPMG its longest serving tenant, choosing to extend their lease.

In addition to Liverpool Waters, Liverpool City Council unveiled their vision for the neighbouring Ten Streets, an ambitious regeneration scheme which will also go a long way to regenerate this area and expand the city centre.

Our vision has always been to create ‘A Waterfront to the World’, in keeping with Liverpool’s heritage as a globally important port city.

2017 has been a landmark year in bringing that vision to reality. 2018 promises to be even more exciting.