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Progress for Liverpool’s £700m Festival Park regeneration scheme

A £1 million programme of Festival Park enabling works could be approved next week to move the major mixed-use regeneration scheme forward.

The site investigations on Liverpool’s former International Festival Gardens and Southern Grasslands zones are expected to be given the go-ahead by city council cabinet members.

The local authority, which last summer adopted a masterplan to create a £700m riverside suburb on part of the 90-acre site, plans to commission the land survey to establish how the scheme could be progressed.

Site investigations have already established a remediation strategy on the northern development zone and the council is said to be in talks with leisure and attraction operator Heritage Great Britain to develop a business case for a new attraction.

The scheme could also include up to 2,500 new homes, up to 350,000 sq ft of commercial and leisure space and a new ferry terminal.

If approved during Liverpool City Council’s cabinet meeting on 23 February, the land surveys are due to take two months to complete and would require a phased closure to certain parts of the gardens.

Meanwhile, cabinet members are also recommended to approve a further £232,000 be spent on repairing the former Festival Garden dome base, allowing the venue to support the city’s Liverpool 2018 programme of celebrations. The works would be carried out by contractor Willmott Dixon.

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Through the Festival Park Liverpool Masterplan, the site has been divided into several distinct ‘places’ including the Dingle Bank residential zone which would feature a new primary school, medical centre and community hub; Jericho Wharf, which would comprise hotels, bars and restaurants; Jericho Shore, delivering a beachfront neighbourhood with residential apartments, pavement cafés, restaurants and bars; Festival Gardens where existing gardens would be retained and enhanced; and the Southern Grasslands which would be remodelled into a natural habitat for wildlife and leisure activities.

K2 Architects was appointed to create the strategic masterplan after Liverpool City Council took control of the site in 2015.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “Festival Park Liverpool has the potential to be a huge game changer for this city’s economy.

“I’m encouraged by the work to date and the proposals Heritage Great Britain are developing for a major leisure attraction and we will soon be in a position to share these with the public.

“There is much work to be done but these site surveys will provide us with a roadmap to making this vision a reality over the coming decade.”

“I’m encouraged by the work to date and the proposals Heritage Great Britain are developing for a major leisure attraction and we will soon be in a position to share these with the public.

“There is much work to be done but these site surveys will provide us with a roadmap to making this vision a reality over the coming decade.”

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