Images of the devastation caused by the Liverpool Waterfront car park fire, which destroyed more than 1,300 vehicles, have been released by Merseyside Fire & Rescue.
A rapidly-spreading fire broke out at the multi-storey car park on New Year’s Eve, destroying almost all of the 1,305 cars parked in the facility.
The city council now has control of the car park and is in the process of securing the site and removing loose material from the building. Hoardings are set to go up around the area this weekend.
According to the council, initial examinations show that due to the condition of the floors, it is doubtful the building can be saved. The assessment process is likely to take at least several weeks, but the building looks likely to be demolished.
Removing the 1,305 vehicles inside is also estimated to take many weeks, “as most were entirely incinerated”.
Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is on the ACC Liverpool campus, next to the BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena, Exhibition Centre and Pullman hotel.
The incident leaves ACC Liverpool – which is made up of the Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre – and the car park’s owner, the city council, with some major headaches, not least a shortfall of 1,600 parking spaces. There is still surface parking available at Kings Dock, although planning consent was last month given to the development of a call centre for The Contact Company on the plot, which developer YPG has previously said it hoped to start building in the first half of this year.
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