Festival Gardens Site
NEW – February 2021:
One of the UK’s biggest site remediation schemes has begun on the Development Zone adjacent to Liverpool’s Festival Gardens.
City Council contractors, Vinci Construction UK Ltd, have been undertaking site preparation works for the last six months, and have now embark on a two-year programme of remediation and site infrastructure work.
This will pave the way for the delivery of a development platform on currently derelict land to the north of the public Gardens to deliver 1,500 new ‘eco-friendly homes’.
The works will also create a new eight hectare public open space in the enhanced Southern Grasslands with almost 5,000 new trees planted.
To enable the remediation, further clearance works on the boundary between the Development Zone and The Gardens will take place in the next few weeks.
The remediation of the Development Zone will see more than 380,000 cubic metres of waste material (weighing 800,000 tonnes) processed, 95% of which will be recycled.
Following remediation there is a further £8.5m programme of ground infrastructure works to lay drainage, utilities, a road network and a ground gas management system.
Due to the scale of the operation you may notice an increase in noise and traffic on site, however, the contractors will aim to minimise any disruption.
The remediation works benefit from planning permission and will continue to be supervised by an ecologist.
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Background: The vision
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, which bought the land in 2015, is working with developers IMGF Developments Ltd 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 2023.
Pending permissions, the first homes could begin in Autumn 2023 in a phased approach to 2031.
Site area40 hectares / 100 acres
DeveloperIMGF Developments Ltd
Suitable usesResidential, Public Space.
Value£150 million to £400 million