The successful regeneration of the 2.5 hectare area, which forms part of the city’s protected World Heritage Site, has involved a complete redesign of the public space and the construction of the first major urban canal extension in the UK in a generation. The drama of the new waterway threaded through the public space is accentuated by the flanking flights of steps which turn the waterway into a stage filled with activity.
The completed project creates an attractive public space for tourists, local residents and office workers, and provides better connections between the docks along the famous Merseyside waterfront. It is anticipated that an additional 200,000 people will be drawn to the famous waterside every year. AECOM’s Design + Planning practice completed the masterplan and landscape design.
“The transformation of public space at Pier Head has not only provided a new focus for tourists and Liverpool’s public events, it has provided a catalyst for new energy and investment in the city,” says Rosey Paul of Liverpool City Council.
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