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Office scheme set to be centrepiece of docklands redevelopment

Office scheme set to be centrepiece of docklands redevelopment

A major new office building has been proposed as the first part of a major redevelopment of Monarch Quay in Liverpool's docklands. 

Planned jointly by Liverpool City Council, the Contact Company and development partner YPG, the 45,000 sq m block would provide up to 1,500 new jobs once occupied. Published images show a three-storey brick building with large glass windows, fronted by an open public space running down to the waterside.

YPG has been displaying the pictures at the MIPIM UK property conference in London.

The office block would be just part of the redevelopment of Monarch Quay, with other proposals including bars and restaurants, apartments, a hotel, a winter garden, an ice rink with up to 2,000 seats for spectators, a virtual reality leisure centre and a ten-pin bowling alley. 

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson said: "The Kings Dock is the final piece of the jigsaw in our vision for this part of the waterfront.

"This transformation will help link the existing waterfront assets with the Baltic Triangle and significantly boost employment in the city."

Although developments are taking place in the city centre - including the construction of several skyscrapers that will transform the Merseyside skyline - the docklands are a major focus of efforts to regenerate the local economy.

Had the city beaten Birmingham in the race to become Britain's Commonwealth Games bidder, many of these would have been sports related. Even so, the Bramley Moore Dock is still set to become the site of a new stadium, having been identified as the preferred location for a new home ground for Everton.

The council has faced opposition to some docklands redevelopment from Unesco, which has threatened to revoke Liverpool's Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage status. Despite Unesco issuing a 'final warning' to the council, Mr Anderson is keen to press ahead with new development.

Image: iStock


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