Regent Road to be restored for IFB

A number of historic architectural artefacts along Liverpool's Regent Road are to be restored ahead of the International Festival for Business this summer.

Liverpool Waters owner Peel Holdings has appointed local restoration contractor Repair Services UK to carry out the works under the guidance of heritage consultant Peter de Figueiredo.

The works will take around six weeks to complete and will see the restoration of the granite built turrets which stand at the entrance to Collingwood Dock, the sandstone gateposts at the entrances to both Clarence Dock and Clarence Graving Dock and two former water fountains which are set into the dock wall.

The entry ways will be cleared of vegetation and have the decades of grime and dirt removed before being repointed.

As part of the works two 20th century single-storey extensions which were added to the hexagonal Victoria clock tower at Salisbury Dock will be demolished to return the tower to its original design.

Ian Pollitt, development surveyor at Peel Holdings, said: "During IFB, Regent Road is going to be a busy thoroughfare for people journeying between events at the Stanley Dock complex and the city centre. We want to use the opportunity of IFB to present the best possible face of the city's majestic past and highlight the rich heritage of Liverpool Waters.

"The dock wall and the gateposts are key features of the city's world heritage site and we'll be removing decades of grime, soot and exhaust fumes to return the entry ways to their original condition."

Liverpool Waters forms a significant part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site which is co-ordinated and managed by the world heritage steering group.

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Fantastic news, ensuring that the IFB will leave a physical legacy too. Well done Peel!

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