New images released for Southport’s £75m waterfront venue
With a public consultation beginning on Thursday, Sefton Council has unveiled additional CGIs showcasing what the future Marine Lake Events Centre may look like.
Manchester-based architect AFL designed the space, which would boast a café, restaurant, theatre, entertainment space and conference venue. The auditorium would have a capacity of 1,200 people.
The centre would also have a water and light show attraction, which the council hopes will attract thousands of visitors each year.
AFL’s work on the scheme draws from HOK Architects’ preliminary designs for the centre. The project team also includes civil engineers AECOM, venue consultant IPW, and Gardiner & Theobald as project manager and cost consultant.
The £75m project is funded in part through Sefton’s £37.5m award from the government’s Towns Fund. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has contributed £2.3m to the scheme.
Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “Southport holds a special place in the hearts of so many people in our city region and beyond as being a family-favourite destination for days out and holidays alike. The town has been entertaining generations of visitors for as long as it has existed.
“We want to build on that legacy and make sure that Southport can continue to thrive and attract visitors for many more years to come, giving a massive boost to local businesses and creating good quality, secure jobs.”
Rotheram described the Marine Lake Event Centre as starting a new chapter in Southport’s history. “I, for one, cannot wait to see what the future has in store,” Rotheram said.
The Marine Lake Event Centre would replace the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, which closed in 2020. It would be located off The Promenade by Marine Lake.
The consultation for the Marine Lake Event Centre runs from Thursday through 10 June. More information can be found at yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/futuresouthport.