Contractor Willmott Dixon has begun site works for the new permanent car park at Kings Dock, which will replace the facility destroyed in a fire on New Year’s Eve 2017.
The nine-level car park will have capacity for 1,454 cars. Ground clearing works have started at the project, which is due for completion by summer 2020.
A temporary four-floor car park, with capacity for 550 vehicles, opened in December to support events at the city’s waterfront event campus for the next 18 months, whilst the new car park is built at nearby Monarch’s Quay.
The new £30m car park, covering approximately 500,000 sq ft, will follow the same internal circulation layout as the council’s recently opened Victoria Street car park, also built by Willmott Dixon. The design includes 15 electric charging points and a full sprinkler system.
The demolition of the previous Liverpool Waterfront car park is almost complete. It will then be levelled and made safe before the site is incorporated into the Kings Dock masterplan.
Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North, said: “From the moment we received the call from Liverpool City Council in the immediate aftermath of the fire, we’ve been committed to supporting the regeneration of Kings Dock, and we’re thrilled to be able to continue that work.
“In total, across the city of Liverpool, we have delivered more than £90m of community and regeneration projects, and have invested over £75m with local businesses. We are delighted to begin our latest project for Liverpool City Council and to be leaving a lasting positive legacy for the people of Merseyside.”
Bob Prattey, chief executive of the conference and events business ACC Liverpool Group, said: “We are embarking on an exciting phase with the construction of the new permanent car park and we ask for visitors’ continued patience as building work takes place.
“When open, it will benefit visitors to the multitude of conference, entertainment events and exhibitions we hold across the site. In the meantime we are pleased to have a temporary multi-storey car park adjacent to our venues.”