Aerial view of the waterfront. Credit: Arup.; Aerial view of the waterfront. Credit: Arup.;

Liverpool Waters, Liverpool

The Most Ambitious Waterfront Regeneration Project in Europe

Liverpool Waters is a 60 hectare mixed use project regenerating Liverpool’s historic docklands which have stood derelict for many years. The ambitious plans will enable Liverpool to compete with the likes of Hamburg, Boston, Toronto and Barcelona in terms of it’s waterfront offer. The sole landowner, Peel Holdings obtained outline consent in 2013 for approximately 2,000,000 sq.m. of development floorspace including 9,000 residential units, 315,000 sq.m. of business space and 53,000 sq.m. of hotel and conference facilities. This resulted in Liverpool Waters being the largest planning consent ever awarded in the UK. 

Working in partnership with Liverpool City Council, the UK Government and other stakeholders; Arup has advised Peel since 2013 on a range of disciplines including Town Planning, Micro-climate, Environmental and Civil Infrastructure to progress the scheme. 

In addition, drawing upon our local knowledge, Arup is working with several developers, architects, contractors and sub-consultants to deliver individual plots within Liverpool Waters, whilst still advising Peel on its wider strategy and delivery programme for future development. 

 

Project Summary


2m s.q.m. of residential, business and leisure space

15,000new residents

9,000 new homes

The cranes now rising across Liverpool Waters are testament to the collaboration between the owners, the City Council and the Consultancy Team over 10 years ” Paul Grover Paul Grover DIT Northern Powerhouse Export Champion, Arup

A strategic vision

Liverpool Waters extends over 2km along the banks of the River Mersey, reconnecting the historic northern docklands into the heart of the city. The vision is to bring residents, workers and visitors together within five different neighbourhoods to enjoy world-class leisure facilities in an iconic waterfront setting. Since 2013, Arup has provided strategic, integrated advice to Peel Holdings to enable individual plot developments to come forward. 

The civil engineering team has provided constraint mapping, utilities advice and engineering support allowing realistic cost plans for 12 selected plots to be developed and utilised when negotiating with potential developers.

In response to planning conditions, our environmental consultancy team were able to quickly respond with the development of a neighbourhood level sustainability strategy, waste strategy and associated reports before work could start on site. 

Working within a World Heritage Site

Liverpool was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2004 due to the city’s martime past. The Liverpool Waters site is allocated as World Heritage Buffer Zone with specific areas part of the World Heritage Site itself. To protect these heritage assets, the status creates parameters that all new developments on the site must work within. Avoiding the risk of removal of the World Heritage status, Arup is working with the wider project team to turn these constraints into benefits, creating a site which is unique not only to Liverpool but to the U.K.  In addition, through our involvement in each neighbourhood  masterplan, we have been able to support the client in increasing connectivity from the city to the waterfront site and opening areas of historic importance previously closed to the public. 


Delivering the 30 year plan

As well as advising Peel on the wider strategic vision for the site, our team has provided planning advice to the individual plot developers. Four full planning permissions have been secured, allowing the first parcels of development to come to frutition. 

The main focus of this activity has been in the Princes Dock Neighbourhood which connects Liverpool Waters to the wider City Centre.  The schemes include 30 and 35 storey PRS developments and a BREEAM excellent, 8 storey office development. Working with Peel Holdings and the developers, Arup achieved consent for each individual scheme, and were the only consultant involved due to our extensive knowledge of the site.