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Kings Dock purchase to advance ‘world-class leisure destination’

Charlie Schouten

Liverpool City Council is set to buy the freehold of Kings Dock for a nominal £1 sum as it looks to create a “world-class, vibrant leisure-based mixed-use destination” at the waterfront site.

The council acquired the leasehold of the site in 2017 but is now looking to buy the freehold, a move which will allow it to have greater control over how the site is developed.

Under the move, the council’s freehold ownership will include the Liverpool Arena; the exhibition and convention centre; the former multi-storey car park, now demolished after being severely damaged by a fire in 2017; and vacant land bordered by Monarchs Quay and Half-Tide Wharf.

Government offices to the south are not included in the council’s purchase.

The move will allow the council to develop what it says is a “vibrant leisure-based mixed-use destination,” potentially sounding the final death knell for proposals to build a 45,000 sq ft office on the site.

Developer YPG had proposed building the office for The Contact Company, a call centre business owned by Liverpool LEP chairman Asif Hamid, prompting a backlash from the development community.

The land was originally suggested to be used for options including an “Olympic-standard ice rink, extreme sports centre, and quality restaurants,” according to the LEP.

A masterplan for Kings Dock was put forward in 2017 with a focus on tourism use. Liverpool’s cabinet has been recommended to approve the freehold purchase when it meets next week.

Elsewhere within Kings Dock, a replacement multi-storey car park for its fire-damaged counterpart was approved in October last year. The nine-level car park is to provide 1,640 spaces and is currently being built by contractor Willmott Dixon.

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cant wait to see what this will be !

By Anonymous

Thank heavens for that. Was looking at one point like this area had a very bleak future if the ghastly toy town call centre had gone ahead. Common sense has finally won out so it seems. Complimentary uses to the ACC were always a no-brainer.

By Morgan

An ice rink would be perfect

By George

So long as this ‘leisure’ facility does not involve another big, bland industrial type shed. Not sure that building something for which there is no expressed demand is the right way to go. ‘White elephants’ and ‘inappropriate location’ spring to mind.

By Anonymous

Sounds good to me

By Eds

Would a theatre fit on the demolished car park site.


If designed to a high enough standard an ice rink I think would still be a good option. With a convertible central area it could host a basketball as well as a ice hockey team. Also ACC are currently turning away business, so it’d provide additional conference space too.

By North Shore

Flexible space that can serve more than one function! Sport, leisure and scope to use for really big events in conjunction with the arena. This site is a couple of minutes walk from the statue of Liverpool’s first Olympian, John Hulley, who instigated the 19th century Liverpool Olympics Festivals and who was arguably the founder of the modern Olympic movement.

By Liverpolitan

The wise move. A big chance to connect the dock area in a better way to Liverpool One.

By Mark Gilbertson

I sincerely hope they show some imagination and vision here, it’s a great location and needs to be utilised to the full with a worthwhile development.

By Liverpolitis