New images have been revealed at a national property conference showing how spectacular new buildings could transform Liverpool’s waterfront.
About 1,500 new jobs could be created in the first phase of the development planned for Liverpool’s Monarchs Quay, part of the King’s Dock.
Wirral-based business The Contact Company is working with landowner Liverpool City Council and development partner YPG to build a new Grade A office complex on the site.
Pictures, created by Liverpool architect Falconer Chester Hall, show the potential office development for the first time and give an indication of possible future developments on the site, subject to planning consent.
The city council’s overall vision is to deliver a major mixed use development which would create a new leisure, commercial and retail destination on the city’s central waterfront.
The images and an accompanying video, featuring Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher talking about the city’s regeneration, were being showcased by developer YPG at the MIPIM international property conference in London today (Wednesday).
Further phases of development of the site could include a major leisure attraction, such as 2,000-seat ice rink, a hotel, new apartments and homes, restaurants, bars and shops and a car park. A new Winter Garden, new public realm, ten pin bowling and an innovative virtual reality leisure centre are also being considered.
Council bosses emphasise that no concrete decisions have been made about the leisure attraction and that an ice rink is one of a number of options being considered.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “The Kings Dock is the final piece of the jigsaw in our vision for this part of the waterfront. This transformation will help link the existing waterfront assets with the Baltic Triangle and significantly boost employment in the city.”
YPG Chief Executive Ming Yeung said: “Our ambition is to help the city to deliver a new riverside destination, aiding the visitor economy and creating jobs for local people.
“We will be ensuring the highest quality design, build and fit-out for what is a unique location. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the city council and The Contact Company to help bring forward such a significant development for the city.”
The Contact Company would expect to open the doors of its new office by the end of next year. The building would be four storeys high and a total of 45,000 sq ft of Grade A office space.
The opening would mark the biggest single jobs boost for Liverpool City Region since the opening of Liverpool ONE in 2008.
Hundreds of additional jobs would be created in the further development phases and during construction.
The Monarch’s Quay site is already allocated for mixed use development in the Liverpool Unitary Development Plan, which has been widely consulted on over a number of years and dictates acceptable uses and design principles for the site.
Consultation on later phases of the overall Kings Dock development is now underway.
People can express their views by going to https://www.monarchs-quay-consultation.co.uk/proposals