Major Project

Festival Gardens Site

Site works

NEW_ October 2020:

Site investigations have now begun on the site adjacent to the gardens and along Riverside Drive.

There will be traffic management measures in place on Fri 2 October, from 9.30am – 3.30pm on the westbound carriageway of Riverside Drive between its junction with Promenade Gardens and the Brittania Pub. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Some tree/vegetation clearance is necessary to prepare the site for the remediation works. The council and its contractors – VINCI Construction UK Limited – have sought to reduce the numbers of trees being removed, where it is safe and beneficial to help future tree planting and growth.

Remediation of the site will start the week beginning 5 October.

All works benefit from planning permission and will continue to be supervised by an ecologist.


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, 3 miles from the city centre. 

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 (expires in 2022).

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.

The residential-led masterplan comprises up to 1,500 homes of a range and mix of types, community facilities, new public realm and enhanced Grasslands for leisure, recreation and nature conservation.

A planning application is expected in Spring 2021.

The site has attracted a £9.9m boost from Homes England  and funding from Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority.

A new waterside residential community

Quick facts

  • Site area
    40 hectares / 100 acres
  • Developer
    IMGF Developments Ltd
  • Suitable uses
    Residential, Public Space.
  • Value
    £150 million to £400 million
  • Timescale
  • Project manager

For more information, please get in touch...

0151 233 0250