News | 22/03/19

Masterplanners sought for waterfront

National Museums Liverpool is on the search for planners to help them transform its waterfront estate.

The scheme – or masterplan – is to create a modern visitor attraction that connects Liverpool’s historic waterfront with the city, the River Mersey and its architecture; integral features of Liverpool’s iconic identity.

The affected area, around the Canning Graving Docks, is at the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site, taking in the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool on one side and the Pier Head and Mann Island on the other.

Part of the site is already due to be upgraded by Liverpool City Council with the inclusion of new dock bridges as part of the Liverpool City Centre Connectivity programme.

Mairi Johnson, National Museums Liverpool’s Director of Estates said, “The masterplan is an ambitious undertaking that will dramatically change the visitor experience when it is complete.

“Liverpool’s waterfront is not only a beautiful space but also one of huge historic significance to the city, the wider region and the rest of the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to create spaces for visitors to linger within this unique setting and to really engage with the spirit of the place.

“We’re expecting this tender process to attract really creative thinkers and exciting plans, inspired by the beauty and potential of the area. We hope to see interesting ways in which we can open up the quaysides, currently not accessible to the public, with a strong, connected vision for how these spaces could be used to complement the amazing stories we tell in the nearby museums.”