Tobacco Warehouse, Biennial, p Lawrie Cornish

Liverpool Biennial has taken 28,5000 sq ft at Liverpool's Tobacco Warehouse. Credit: via Lawrie Cornish

Liverpool Biennial takes 28,500 sq ft at Stanley Dock

The grade two-listed Tobacco Warehouse will house the visual arts festival for the next six months.

Developer Stanley Dock Properties has donated use of two commercial units totalling 28,500 sq ft to Liverpool Biennial. The value of the six-month lease is approximately £250,000.

The smaller unit measures 11,200 sq ft, while the larger unit measures 17,300 sq ft.

Liverpool Biennial will exclusively occupy the commercial space, located off Regent Road at Stanley Dock, for use as a hub and key exhibition area.

Dr Samantha Lackey, director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “We look forward to welcoming regional, national, and international visitors to the festival and are excited to expand our reach across the city centre this year, bringing Liverpool Biennial to the North Docks.”

Fisher German was the letting agent on the deal.

Gabriel Davies, senior surveyor at Fisher German, commented: “The Liverpool Biennial team approached Tobacco Warehouse at an ideal time and therefore were able to secure the space in its entirety.

“Tobacco Warehouse has really brought a spotlight to the wider area and encouraged commercial tenants to see beyond the commercial district to the value and possibilities of the wider area.”

Pat Power, director of Stanley Dock Properties, said: “The Biennial hub and exhibition space at Tobacco Warehouse is a great opportunity for people and businesses to explore this unique and dynamic part of the city and see its bright future taking shape, with work exhibited by some of the people who will shape and influence that future.”

Tobacco Warehouse is currently being refurbished to also provide 550 homes under developer Harcourt’s plans for the building. Phase one of the scheme completed last year to deliver 192 flats.

The wider mixed-use regeneration of Stanley Dock has also seen the creation of the Liverpool Titanic Hotel, with a pumphouse restaurant and apart-hotel under development.

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Wasn’t aware an apart-hotel was currently under development at Stanley Dock, but isn’t this evidence that the city council needs to accept that for their Ten Streets project to actually take off they need to actively encourage more residential, leisure, and cultural developments in this zone.

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