17 March 2017
Liverpool City Council has revealed its exciting new vision for the former International Festival Gardens site, with the aim of creating a ‘cultural garden suburb’ on the South Liverpool waterfront.
The local authority is seeking a development partner and has released a series of artist’s impressions and a video outlining its vision for the area.
The plan, dubbed Festival Park Liverpool, includes new public open spaces, cultural venues, leisure outlets, docks, a waterpark and the potential to include up to 2500 new homes.
The 950,000 square metre riverside site was originally redeveloped for the 1984 International Garden Festival after which a portion of the site was used for residential development. The domed Festival Hall was then repurposed as Pleasure Island amusement park until its closure in 1996.
A decade later the Festival Hall was demolished and in 2009 work began on restoring the remaining portion of the festival site, with the renovated Chinese and Japanese gardens reopening to the public in 2012 as Liverpool Festival Gardens.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said, “Festival Park Liverpool presents a unique development opportunity at what is a hugely important site to Liverpool and its residents.
“We need a partner, or partners, to help realise the vision and create a cultural garden suburb which will have no equal in the UK.
“The site is fully owned by the city council and we see the Festival Park as a key component of Liverpool’s future prosperity, addressing the need for more quality homes and complementing what the city is achieving at the Knowledge Quarter and Liverpool Waters.”