Wirral Waters food hall , AP Mitchell, c Evoke Architecture

The scheme would see a long-derelict site redeveloped. Credit: Evoke Architecture

GALLERY | Wirral Waters food hall proposals emerge

The former Royal Swan pub on Dock Road is to be demolished to make way for a 25,000 sq ft dining destination within Peel L&P’s 300-acre dockside masterplan. 

Proposals lodged by AP Mitchell Group seek permission to knock down the pub, which has been vacant for more than 15 years, and build a food hall that will have space for seven food vendors. 

The Dock Road venue could also be used to host events and features both indoor and outdoor seating. 

Evoke Architecture is leading on the design of the scheme, which is located within the 13,000-home Wirral Waters regeneration scheme. 

Matt Sharp, director at Evoke, said the scheme could become a key asset in the booming area. 

“This application seeks to provide a high-quality amenity and social space for the considerable number of residential units either approved or under construction in the area. 

“Unlike some retrofit food halls, the scheme has been designed from the outset to be functional with regards to both the dine-in experience as well as the associated delivery services required for locals.” 

Sharp said the design takes inspiration from the surrounding area, such as the art-deco-like corner turret features of the existing pub. 

“The overall art-deco ‘picture house’ styled appearance of the scheme gives a reminiscent character to the building, that is sympathetic to the aesthetics of the original building and surrounding historic buildings of similar style,” he said. 

“The goal is to deliver another exciting and unique design to the ever-changing character of Birkenhead docks during the Wirral Waters development.” 

To learn more about the scheme, search for application number APP/23/00141 on Wirral Council’s planning portal. 

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Brilliant scheme! Let’s build build build

By Anonymous

Another example how this area is changing for the better, lots of flats being built or planned, and residents looking for leisure outlets like this.
All this next to a working dock with ever changing shipping activity to spectate.

By Anonymous

Any pics of the pub so we can see before and after?

By Bob Dawson

This looks really nice, well done. Great addition to the area, Birkenhead has so much potential

By Rock Doad

Wirral Waters continuing with high design quality.
Good execution of this proposal is key though.


Ready made customer base living locally, first class strategic thinking ! It will be a runaway success.
More of this type of joined up thinking please!!

By Donkey Derby

A peek into the future, absolutely brilliant concept. Fantastic for Birkenhead, light years ahead in design.

By Anonymous

A nice brave step by the Architects to opt for a more traditional utilitarian appearance rather than going for the easy choice of modern for modern sakes. A great looking scheme and surely an asset to the area.

By Architeet

Nowhere to park your bike, never mind your car and not on a bus route. People won’t bother…

By Anonymous

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