Winner will transform area around World Heritage Site


Source: Gareth Jones

Canning Graving Docks, Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool is on the search for masterplanners to help it transform its waterfront estate.

The scheme is set to create an attraction that connects Liverpool’s waterfront with the city, the River Mersey and its architecture.

The area of focus, around the Canning Graving Docks, is at the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site, taking in the Royal Albert Dock on one side and the Pier Head and Mann Island on the other.

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Mairi Johnson, National Museums Liverpool’s director of estates, said: “We’re expecting this tender process to attract really creative thinkers and exciting plans, inspired by the beauty and potential of the area.

“We hope to see interesting ways in which we can open up the quaysides, currently not accessible to the public, with a strong, connected vision for how these spaces could be used to complement the amazing stories we tell in the nearby museums.”

National Museums Liverpool is made up of eight venues including 3XN and AEW’s Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery and Merseyside Maritime Museum.

The International Slavery Museum, Seized! (UK Border Force National Museum), Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery are also part of the stable of cultural venues.