Peel has progressed plans for the Central Docks element of Liverpool Waters, releasing the first images of this key part of the £5bn project to regenerate 150 acres of docklands, and is marketing eight plots within Central Docks for investor-led development.
Details of the sizes of the plots and types of development for each have been kept deliberately flexible. Peel director Lindsey Ashworth said the developer “likes to offer freedom of design” on its large estate along the banks of the Mersey. A public space at the heart of Central Docks will be called Central Park. High-rise residential features in the designs as well as event space – music festival Sound City has been held there for several years – and extensive offices.
Central Docks will feature more than 2m sq ft of mixed use floorspace including 750,000 sq ft of offices, more than 1,000 waterfront apartments in buildings of up to 44 storeys, and a 17-acre public park.
Lindsey Ashworth, director of development of Liverpool Waters, said: “It’s no surprise that this latest phase of the project has already generated interest from investors and developers.
“Our ambition has always been to create a waterfront for the world, a sustainable environment with stunning views where people and businesses can flourish together. Unveiling this southern part of the Central Docks neighbourhood marks the next chapter in the Liverpool Waters story and brings us one step closer to re-establishing Liverpool’s waterfront as a gateway to the world.”
Although the masterplan for Liverpool Waters was announced 10 years ago, progress has so far concentrated on the Princes Dock area, with a series of schemes currently making their way forward. By the end of 2017, the team at Liverpool Waters are expecting to see over £300m of construction work on site.
Ian Pollitt, assistant project director at Liverpool Waters, said: “Central Docks represents a watershed moment for Liverpool Waters. There has been an incredible amount of work done behind the scenes to get us to this point but thanks to the positive attitude of the people of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and other partners we are now in a position to proceed with this next exciting phase of the project.”
CBRE and GVA advise Peel on Liverpool Waters.