Liverpool City Council is spending £920,000 on public realm improvements at Salthouse Dock to create a more attractive approach to Albert Dock.
The four-month scheme will open up the footpath area between Salthouse Quay and Gower Street.
The work is being carried out by contractor Amey in partnership with Gower Street Estates, owner of the Albert Dock.
The programme includes:
- Removal of low acoustic wall that divides footway of the Strand and quayside of Salthouse Quay
- Reconstruction of existing footway, replacing cobbles with smooth surface
- Removal of sycamore trees and replacement with reduced number of more appropriate species, Salix Alba 'Liempde', more tolerant of salt laden wind and wet atmosphere
As part of the scheme, the council is also exploring the possibility of erecting kiosks in the area in the future, making it a more attractive location for tourists and workers and generating long-term revenue benefits for the city.
The public realm works will also support the future development of this area of the waterfront, including the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool, which is due to be completed in 2015.
It is anticipated that the works will be completed by 31 March 2014 – in advance of the International Festival for Business in June and July.