Nikal Site King's Dock

Nikal plots £100m development after Liverpool buy

The developer, in a joint venture with the Addy Consultancy, has set out plans for a £100m mixed-use scheme after buying a one-acre site off Kings Dock Street.

The site, also bordered by Wapping and Sparling Street, is currently a Sixt Rental Car depot, which is due to relocate to another site in the city.

Following the purchase, the developers are looking to draw up a £100m leisure-led scheme on the site; this is the first time that Nikal, primarily based in Manchester, Lancashire, Birmingham, and London, has acted as a developer in Liverpool.

Elsewhere in the North West, Nikal is acting as development partner for the £300m Blackpool Central station site, where it is working with the council to bring forward a major leisure-led scheme. It is also the developer behind Altair in Altrincham, which is set to get under way this summer after more than a decade of planning.

Nikal co-founder Alan Murphy said: “I’ve waited many years for the opportunity to deliver a development in my home city and now is the perfect time, both for us as a business but also in light of the regeneration underway at King’s Dock and along Liverpool’s waterfront as a whole.

“I’m immensely proud of being born and raised in Liverpool; I love the city, its culture and its people. I’m looking forward to helping contribute to its worldwide appeal with well-designed mixed-use developments that will encourage tourism, generate jobs and create inspiring spaces for people to live and thrive. I’m delighted to be doing this in partnership with Bill and his team.”

Bill Addy, founder of The Addy Consultancy, added: “I’ve known Alan and Nick [Payne, Nikal co-founder] for a long time and have a huge admiration for their approach to high-quality, considered regeneration and placemaking. I’m really pleased that we now have a site that will bring our two businesses together and marry our mutual passion and vision, it will be a fantastic addition to the King’s Dock offering. We are keen to get going on what will hopefully be the first of many.”

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This is the 1830 terminus of the Liverpool-Manchester Railway at its Kings Dock goods yard. The Wapping Tunnel still disgorges here. It is part of railway history being the first tunnel under a city anywhere in the world. But more importantly any development should not stop the tunnel being brought back in the future! I would love to see the area developed well and sensitively but please leave room for the trains to get through in the future! I know it was suggested that for the LMR’s 200th birthday a heritage railway could be brought back but should the tunnel not also be considered as a future route for the expansion of metro services from Edge Hill to the Kings Dock arena.

By Roscoe.

Welcome news for this site, might it be the catalyst for the rest of the immediate area around Sparling street/King Dock Street?

By Liverpolitis

It would be an achievement to see a scheme of this type completed. Would make a change for Liverpool, riddled with the skeletons of steel structures of so many ill-conceived schemes waved through by Uncle Joe. A scheme of this type would have been welcomed on the Kings Dock itself, that is now a bit of a mess.

By John Smith

@JohnSmith Liverpool is thriving ?

By Anonymous

It depends what Liverpool you are looking at. Go to parts of Kirkdale, Everton, Smithdown Road, Speke and ask residents there whether they feel they are thriving. You may get a different view of things. Liverpool is unrecognisable from 30 years ago, but we still have much to do. Balanced growth with good sustainable jobs would be great. We can be much more than just a tourist playground, but need better political leadership than Joe and the mediocre Rotheram. Just my opinion.

By John Smith

Roscoe please stop banging on about the past, it’s boring. The best places in the world look forward, not back. It’e no wonder so many of us are going to Australia and Canada.

By Floyd

Wow Roscoe! Love reading your additions. Agree! that would be brilliant if it was sympathetic and only through everyone being aware of this can we hope that it is sympathetic.

By Mary Smiley

That’s not just Liverpool its everywhere.
Liverpool is moving forward but unfortunately we need to look at Manchester the fastest growing City outside of London miles ahead because they look forward and not be negative

By Dave

@John Smith every city in the world has areas like this, it’s how it works, we’re not unique. Look at the disparity in city’s like New York, Rio, Paris, London etc.

By Anonymous

I am proud of Liverpool and being a Liverpudlian and what it represents. No other City provides a Backdrop of the River Like Liverpool. There will be a whole new waterfront over the next ten years which will make us a spectacular City.
Already, the Captains of Ships heading into Liverpool say its one of the best ports to enter equal to New York and Sidney.

By Dave

It isn’t though is it Dave?


Dave in many ways Liverpool is a lot luckier than other regional cities as you are blessed with the beautiful Georgian quarter. That should be a draw for Middle class professionals as there are squares which wouldn’t shame Kensington in Central London. If Manchester had those houses they would now have been repopulated by people from Didsbury and Cheshire. Liverpool suffers from an image problem as does Manchester. I have friends from the South who were astounded at how beautiful Liverpool is. They had an image in their heads of it being a larger version of Stoke or Wolverhampton. They couldn’t believe the architecture.

By Elephant

@PDM, you need to check your facts instead of constantly trolling anything about Liverpool, try and grow up you come across as bitter and twisted

By Nah! go suck a lemon!

Liverpool doesn’t have an image problem with the thousands of people who visit and vote it number 3 in the UK after Edinburgh and London according to TripAdvisor.

By Roscoe

Liverpool is better than NYC and London don’t you know. Everyone says


@PDM, Thank you for confirming it, you know the truth always comes out!

By Irritatingly true.

Dear Dave Birmingham is the second city – end of story! Growing fast or not for Manchester – this will always be the case!

By Roland Rat

Birmingham is second city, followed by Manchester and Leeds which is the financial capital of the North

By Linden

Manchester has no realistic regional rival, in England at least. Birmingham is only bigger because Manchester has artificial boundaries.

By Elephant

It took many years to get Manchester on the trajectory it is now, Liverpool just needs to keep doing the right things, and eventually the country will realise what an amazing place it is, and then somehow it will dead obvious and everyone will worry about gentrification.

By Rich X

@Elephant, I am sure you are right, nut there may be objections from at least Salford and one or two others. If anyone has a right to be disgruntled about artificial boundaries then it is Liverpool.
The way it was mislead and deceived over the large estates it built in Knowsley and how they were absorbed into a new borough explains a lot about the way the City was perceived by subsequent government’s.

By Just saying

Liverpool, at its core is just as big as Manchester, the economy is currently smaller but that won’t always be the case. Liverpool has huge advantages. ‘Greater’ Manchester was given more generous boundaries in the 70s (SELNEC), and their history/economy made c20 growth easier. Our century will be this one.

By Roscoe

I work in Manchester and while it definitely has a lot of construction going on it is quite a drab looking city. I think Mancunians are quite deluded when it comes to boasting about the place. The inner city is very downtrodden and only suburbs like Cheadle Hulme provide any appearance of affluence.

By T.K

Liverpool need to do much more attract business
That’s means reducing business taxes
Encouraging more land to be used for quality office buildings
Opening up the airport to attract the Far East Carriers and out in infrastructure to connect the airport directly to the rail network

Have a relentless drive to Provide the local population with the skills needed for the future- especially tech and coding

By Stuart wood

Why does every article about anything turn into Liverpudlians crying about Manchester’s success?


Just saying has a point. Because Salford has city status it will never be absorbed into the city of Manchester which means a quarter of a million people plus are missed from Manchester’s population. The places to the south of Manchester in the artificial borough of Trafford, should definitely be in the City of Manchester, as they are politically and economically connected to it,at least as far as Sale. Places as far as Failsworth to the North and places with M postcodes to the East should also be in the City boundaries. Liverpool is probably in the same boat because of Sefton taking its more affluent northern suburbs and the council tax away from the city. Of course it is all political. Birmingham is the one regional city which still votes Conservative, hence a more substantial city area as a reward. The way forward for Manchester is the same as what now exists in London, creating boroughs attached to the city within the larger conurbation, as in the GM boroughs of Bolton, Oldham, Bury etc. This allows people to keep their identities but lets people know outside the area where they are. The same could be done for Merseyside. This has worked for London as it is seen as one city with individual boroughs.

By Elephant

@ T.K.
I prefer to visit Manchester. I work in Liverpool and you would also be extremely deluded in thinking this doesn’t look drab for most of the city. Congrats on the waterfront though I guess.

By Bunchie

Manchester is 20 miles from north to south and about 3 miles wide. What a mad shape to deliver effective services. The economic performance of Manchester is staggering bearing in mind it’s tax base and geographic boundary. It punches massively above its weight. The diversity of its economy underpins its success. Liverpool depends too much on government agencies and so will always be vulnerable. But the north needs strong cities and regions so hopefully they will be successful

By Potty

@YS, I don’t think your statement is true, please read the posts carefully, there’s always one person who tries to sabotage the debate that normal grown up people have on this site.

By Irritatingly true.

Knowsley is Liverpool too, although not that affluent of course. But then our Wirral suburbs are starting to embrace their Liverpool identity too, Liverpool’s Dream – the Giants – kicked off spectacularly in New Brighton last summer, and City of Light now embraces both sides of the river!

By Roscoe

And then there’s Crosby, Formby, Maghull, Hightown, and much of West Lancashire all with Liverpool postcodes and huge numbers of people considering themselves Liverpudlians.

By Roscoe