The team behind the drafting of the eagerly anticipated Waterfront Plan—BDP and West 8—have announced the content of 3 workshops to be held as part of the process. They are not open to the general public (later consultations will be open) but Waterfront residents have some reserved places at the table and you will be invited directly through the Engage mailing list and must reply by 3rd June directly to the Council requesting a place and it will be on a first-come-first-served basis. We hope many of you will apply to be part of this process and each workshop is different so you could take part in all 3 if you are able and have the time and interest.

Details of events below:

Urban design and landscape architecture teams from West 8 and BDP have joined forces with Liverpool City Council to create a visionary plan for Liverpool’s iconic waterfront over the next 25 years. (Further Information)

As an initial step within this exciting process, we want to hear from you!

We are hosting 3 interactive workshops on the 5th and 6th June, in order to engage with Liverpool’s communities, residents, businesses, landowners and other key stakeholders. This will be followed by wider public consultation later in the summer.

In the last 20 years, Liverpool’s waterfront has been transformed, enabling it draw in millions of new visitors to the city every year. Whilst the waterfront is a thriving destination in areas, there remain challenges around connectivity and inclusivity to local neighbourhoods and communities, and the Waterfront Plan aims to address some of these key issues. 

Workshop 1: EXPLORATION

When: 1.30pm to 5.30pm, Wednesday 5th June 2024

Where: Meet in the Foyer of Liverpool Town Hall, High Street, Liverpool L2 3SW

In groups, we will explore different areas of the Liverpool Waterfront on foot or by vehicle, observing and recording the key strengths and weaknesses as we go. We will learn about the past and present conditions of the Waterfront, and head inland to consider current connectivity issues into local neighbourhoods. Returning to the Town Hall, we will map out our exploratory experiences to uncover the main opportunities and constraints to inform the design.

The session will be followed by some light refreshments before the evening workshop commences.

Workshop 2: INSPIRATION

When: 5.45pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 5th June 2024

Where: Large Ballroom, Liverpool Town Hall, High Street, Liverpool L2 3SW

An evening of inspiring presentations, showcasing some of the plans currently underway along the Waterfront, as well as ideas and precedents from around the world. West 8 will present their designs for Toronto Waterfront, and we will welcome a range of local community groups and landowners to present their emerging proposals and future ideas.

Arrive from 5.45pm for light refreshments prior to the presentations and discussions which will commence at 6pm.

Workshop 3: CREATION

When: 10am to 1.30pm, Thursday 6th June 2024

Where: Banquet Suite, 6th Floor Conference Suite, Cunard Building, Brunswick Street, L3 1AW

We head over to the Cunard Building on Thursday morning for a short urban design presentation, followed by mapping exercises to identify ‘areas of potential change’ within the Waterfront surroundings.

Collating the results of all 3 exploratory workshops, we will end with a creative design session – proposing plans, models and collages representing future visions of the area.

If you have any further questions about the Waterfront Plan, please either respond directly to this email or message: planning.engagement@liverpool.gov.uk with ‘Waterfront Plan – Consultation’ as the subject.


ORIGINAL NEWS ARTICLE:

Liverpool City Council have announced the project team that will be responsible for the design process that will be a 25 year programme to redefine Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from Festival Gardens in the south to Bramley-Moore Dock and Stadium in the north. The successful team has contacted Engage and invited us to Save the Date for the first workshop to explore options and dreams for the waterfront: June 5th & 6th with further details to follow.

Both exceptional world-leading companies, BDP and West 8,  are the leading players in the consortium that will commence consultation work this year. West 8 have offices in Europe and Martin Biewenga, Partner and Urban Designer, is based in the Netherlands. Mark Braund, Architect Director, and David Rudlin, Urban Design Director, at BDP have an office in Liverpool and also a strong history of involvement in some of the area’s major projects over the years, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, plus Liverpool One and Aintree Racecourse to name only a few.

It is an exciting time for the city and waterfront in particular. Engage, working with waterfront residents, has been exercised for many years in trying to get the authorities to take seriously the need to treat the waterfront as one area from the south to the north. As well as connecting the entire length with the communities that lie alongside from Dingle to Vauxhall.

Following the first workshop in June there will be a second one in July with dates, times and venue still to be announced. Engage hopes that as many residents as want can take part and we will send a further email once a link is produced to register for the events. In the meantime try and keep yourself available for the June Waterfront Workshop. Since we were formed as the Federation of Liverpool Waterfront Residents Associations, before re-branding as Engage, until now there has never been anything of this scale and seriousness. We encourage all waterfront residents to become aware, spread the word and get involved! Can you tell we’re excited!

You can read more about this amazing news HERE:

Engage also worked on this theme and produced a significant report at the conclusion of our BlueGreen Liverpool Project which can be read HERE and also promoted a joined-up approach to the waterfront in pushing for a Neighbourhood Plan for the neighbourhood you can see the flyer we produced HERE  in 2015.