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 37 acres) and the development site (27 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 new ‘cultural garden suburb’ for the site in a number of distinct neighbourhoods comprising a diverse residential offer of up to 2,500 homes in a range and mix of types and offers. This living community will be served by a plentiful and high-quality public realm, local retail facilities, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants, and other community services potentially including a primary school should future demand dictate. The intention is also to deliver a major cultural and leisure destination with a piazza at the centre of the site, whilst maintaining existing public open space in the formal gardens and southern grassland with opportunities for sport and recreation.
A new masterplan has been prepared which goes much further than the existing planning consent. The built development will be focused on the northern and central parts of the site with a re-modelled waterfront that enables direct interaction between land and water, and will offer residents stunning views in a high quality setting.
A new waterside residential community
Site area37 hectares / 90 acres
DeveloperSeeking development partners
Suitable usesResidential, Assembly & Destination, Leisure, Public Exhibition Space.
Value£150 million to £400 million