Festival Gardens Site
The former International Festival Gardens site which opened in 1984 and closed in 1996 is situated in South Liverpool on the bank of the river, some 3 miles from the city centre. It offers an opportunity of national significance.
The site comprises the publicly owned accessible gardens known as Festival Gardens (approx 25 acres), the Southern Grasslands (approx 47 acres) and the development zone (28 acres) which benefits from a planning consent for 1,308 apartments and 66 town houses which has until 2022 to expire.
An opportunity now exists to create a riverside community served by a plentiful and high-quality public realm, local retail facilities, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants, and other amenities.
The intention is also to deliver a major leisure attraction, whilst maintaining existing public open space in the formal gardens and southern grassland with opportunities for sport and recreation.
Liverpool City Council is working with developers ION and Midia, who have formed a joint venture company, to develop a detailed masterplan for the development zone including residential, remediation, funding, public consultation and planning / highways strategies.
Site investigations are currently underway to inform a remediation strategy and planning application for the site.
A new waterside residential community and leisure attraction
Site area40 hectares / 100 acres
DeveloperSeeking development partners
Suitable usesResidential, Assembly & Destination, Leisure, Public Exhibition Space.
Value£150 million to £400 million