Brock Carmichael

Liverpool Waters: Regenerating our historic docklands

3 June 2016

Liverpool is famous for many things, but it’s always been a place associated with industry and innovation. For decades, the historic docklands lining the banks of the River Mersey provided the lifeblood that kept the heart of the city beating – and through Liverpool Waters, they look set to be more important than ever.

Liverpool Waters regeneration Brock Carmichael Architects in LiverpoolCelebrating Liverpool’s new heritage

As a World Heritage Site, the area of dockland stretching down from Bramley-Moore Dock to Pier Head has more than its fair share of iconic buildings and places of interest. At Brock Carmichael Architects, we’re proud to have been involved in redeveloping some of these, playing an integral role in the wider Liverpool Waters project.

In total, the scheme covers 60 hectares and spans a length of 2.3km, with over a third of the site consisting of open water docks. These spaces offer as many exciting opportunities as they do challenges, but each promises the potential for beautiful rendered private and public spaces that encourage business, boost tourism and provide much needed professional and residential properties in the area.

Brock Carmichael – proud to be part of Liverpool Waters

Our work with Liverpool Waters began with Princes Dock in 2015, when we were selected by Romiga Holdings LLP to design what would be its first private residential scheme in Liverpool. One of four buildings planned for this first phase of activity, the aim was to deliver 280 apartments with commercial activity at street level. This cluster of development will complete the north side of the Princes dock regeneration, aligning with the opening of a new cruise liner and Isle of Man ferry terminal which further drives the ambitions of Liverpool Waters.

Our involvement with the waterfront also includes the £30m redevelopment of The Keel at Queens Dock, bookending our overall involvement with the scheme. This former HMRC tax office, which once hosted 1,500 employees, was recently converted into a 240-apartment block as part of a partnership with investor Moorfield Group and developers Glenbrook Property. The building straddles what was originally a graving dock, providing a unique contribution to the Liverpool Waters skyline.

A bigger plan for a brighter North West

And of course, as if Liverpool Waters wasn’t enough of an exciting and ambitious scheme, it’s important to remember that it forms part of a much wider, long term plan to create a Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone and Ocean Gateway, which is set for over £50 billion worth of investment of the next 50 years. This will see Liverpool link with its neighboring city of Manchester, to create a strategic corridor which will encourage billions more in investment from the private sector.