Demolition work has started today on Liverpool’s 1,400-space car park, which was ravaged by a fire on New Year’s Eve 2017.
The car park was engulfed by a blaze last year and still contains more than 1,000 burnt-out vehicles. The demolition can now get under way after an agreement with insurance companies, which will allow cars inside the car park which survived the blaze to be removed.
These vehicles will be taken to a secure compound and their owners will be able to liaise with insurance companies.
Following demolition, contractor Willmott Dixon is to begin work on a nine-floor car park with 1,650 spaces at Monarch’s Quay, which has been designed by Leach Rhodes Walker and is pictured below. This also includes electric vehicles charging points, a sprinkler system, fully accessible fire evacuation lifts, and 100 disabled parking bays.
Situated in front of the Exhibition Centre, this facility is set to open in Summer 2018. As a temporary measure, the council is currently building a four-floor, 550-space temporary car park to serve the waterfront venues at Kings Dock; this is due to complete in December 2018.
Following the demolition of the burnt-out car park, the site will be cleared and made safe before being incorporated into a wider masterplan for Kings Dock.
Until the temporary car park completes, the area has been left with a shortfall of spaces. There is still surface parking available at Kings Dock, although planning consent was given late last year to the development of a call centre for The Contact Company on the plot, developed by YPG.
YPG was hopeful of completing the project in late 2018 or early 2019, but it has yet to start on site with the plot still being used for car parking space.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Establishing a series of plans and procedures to dismantle the existing car park has been a hugely complex and detailed piece of work which has prioritised the safety of people. We have been in a constant dialogue with insurers and have been carrying out a robust set of enabling works that will ensure we can minimise disruption to the site during the demolition.
“An incredible amount of hard work has gone in to coming up with a temporary facility to enable ACC Liverpool to continue functioning as normal but also designing and submitting plans for a new car park.
“We must not forget that it has been a traumatic process for those whose cars were inside and have had to go through the process of negotiating an insurance claim.
“The new car park will be built to latest specifications and will give ACC Liverpool a facility that will more than meet its growing needs.”