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The Festival Gardens site has lain vacant for more than 25 years. Credit: via Liverpool City Council

Hunt for Festival Gardens project team to begin in June

Liverpool City Council wants to begin the procurement process this summer for a multidisciplinary team to help shape part of the brownfield site’s future, with the intention of searching for a development partner in late autumn.

The procurement efforts are focused on a 22-acre plot of the Festival Gardens site, which has the capacity for more than a thousand homes to be built on it. This plot has been the subject of a nearly £60m remediation project since 2020, with main contractor Vinci working to ready the former landfill site for building work.

“The Festival Gardens is one of Liverpool’s flagship development schemes and we’re at a critical point in its journey,” said Nuala Gallagher, corporate director of city development at the city council.

“Now that the remediation phase is coming to an end, we’re at an exciting stage of beginning the next phase, to procure a multidisciplinary team to support the preparation of the development brief,” she continued.

“A huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes and we aim to advertise for this vital piece of work in June, with a view to launching the search for a development partner in late autumn.”

Festival Gardens sits in South Liverpool off Riverside Drive. The site has been the subject of various planning schemes, with the most recent coming from developers Ion and Midia. Designed by BDP and AHR, this plan would have seen the building of up to 1,500 homes.

Midia was bought out of the joint venture by Ion in 2021. The year after, Liverpool City Council opted to part ways with Ion and find a new partner.

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Mindful of the fact that their previous process to select a partner has been a disaster

By oscar

There appears to be a recent surge in promised development activity lately in Liverpool.
We look forward to it all being genuine and delivery is proven.
One can only trust that LCC are finely gutting their act together and do not procrastinate over selection of the “team” and proceed to a swift conclusion. For one reason and an other the festival site has seemed to take an eternity to reach this stage.

By Liverpolitis

Such an important site for Liverpool and one with so much potential.

Whilst I’m sure this is frustrating for all involved, I have to say that I’m glad that LCC are seeking a new development partner. The previous application looked like it had been value engineered at the concept stage, with the main selling point being a subterranean car park.

Best of luck to the Council. I hope they find a partner with real ambition that can unlock this gem of a site.

By Steve

Regeneration still in process since 1981, a lot of public money spent and little or no output. I hope with the changes in LCC we will now see this progressed with commercial intent and return. Time to rip the plaster off and get on with it

By Ed Birken

We love a bit of gossip dont we?

By Anon

Good to see Nuala Gallagher is on the case, after £60m of remediation work this will have to be a top quality development with high standards of design, with both apartments and houses on offer to attract the type of buyer who can give the council and government a good return on their investment.

By Anonymous

I really like that scheme K2 did with the council. It felt very European.

By Red Kite

It’s great to see this site finally being put back into use, but if 1000 homes are built on this site, will there be traffic problems on Jerico Lane & Aigburth Road?

By LordLiverpool

Traffic problems to me means somewhere is busy, and busy means popular and all the spin-offs that ensue, like extra shopping and leisure, anyway there`s good cycling in the locality and St Michaels railway station, let the city engineers solve any road problems.

By Anonymous

This whole project had been an absolute s**t show. It should have been left as it was but yet another money grab has blown up in the councils face while the people who used to use that public land are locked out.

By Bu

Would love to see a village look and feel for this site..plenty of trees and planting gardens,let’s show Britain how its done

By John Lynn

@ Bu, for your information it wasn`t public land , and even before the garden festival it was the Esso site and Dingle oil jetty.

By Anonymous

Some latest reports saying the number of units will now be around 1000, maybe less, whatever, this needs to be an exciting , eye-catching , development of both flats and houses and not a boring upmarket Brookside.

By Anonymous

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