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Expert team appointed to shape Festival Gardens neighbourhood

LIVERPOOL City Council has appointed a multi-disciplinary team of placemaking experts to help create a new neighbourhood next to the city’s Festival Gardens.

The team of architects and designers will work with the Council to prepare a development brief to maximise the potential of the 28 acre site – setting out the parameters for elements such as sustainability, design, house types and viability.

The multi-disciplinary team is made up of:

  • Metropolitan Workshop – an award-winning architect, urban planning and designer firm which has recently worked with the University of Liverpool.
  • Shedkm – is ranked one of the top architect 100 practices in the UK and its work is rooted in socially responsive design. The Liverpool/London based company has worked on the city’s Ten Streets masterplan.
  • Mace – an international consultancy and construction company, that has a global reputation in the built environment. Their ethos is one based on transformation and innovation.
  • Montagu Evans – is a property consultancy which is currently helping to deliver 17,000 homes across the UK.

Once the development brief is complete, the Council will seek to appoint a development partner for this prime waterfront plot which lies just three miles south of the city centre. This exercise is expected to launch in Autumn 2024.

Following the appointment of a developer, work on the planning application for a housing scheme, with community facilities, will begin in 2025.

The two-year long remediation of the development zone – once a public waste deposit facility for more than 30 years before hosting the International Garden Festival in 1984 – has just won a national brownfield award.

The award was given in recognition of almost 500,000 cubic metres of soil and waste being excavated, of which more than 95% was recycled including 100,000 cubic metres of earth being used to create city’s newest park – the Southern Grasslands.

This radically relandscaped 24 acre green space, which now rises by more than 30 feet providing views of the city centre and River Mersey, also features more than 5,700 new trees and shrubs, as well as 2km of walking paths near to the shoreline.

The mammoth excavation programme, led by the Council’s principal contractor VINCI Building, includes an additional programme of ground infrastructure works to lay drainage and construct a substation to provide power supply for future development.

The package of works has been jointly funded by Liverpool City Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Homes England and OFGEM.

The project is being led by the Council’s Development and Major Projects team, part of the City Development Directorate.

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