Posted on: 24 January 2020

The building projects coming to Merseyside

As part of our Building Cities blog series, we take a closer look at some of the UK’s biggest cities and their high profile construction projects.

In 2008, Liverpool was selected as one of the European Capital of Culture cities, along with Stavanger in Norway, and since the award, Liverpool has experienced a huge redevelopment that has transformed the city.

Liverpool is one of the largest cities in the North of England which is bustling with construction projects, so take a look below to see some of the great things happening in the city.

Liverpool’s construction projects

Anfield Stadium

Following the renovation of the Main Stand in 2016, which increased the stadium capacity to 54,074, the club is planning an expansion to the Anfield Road Stand, bringing the capacity to an estimated 61,000.

Original plans for the expansion were submitted in 2014 following the opening of the new Main Stand. However, the club allowed these plans to lapse to submit new plans for a larger capacity.

Liverpool Football Club has proved to be a valuable asset to the local community in Anfield, even being listed as an Asset of Community Value by Liverpool City Council in 2013.

Housing

It is difficult to point out just one housing project coming to Liverpool. New apartment buildings and student flats are in the pipeline across the City , looking to bring new aesthetics to a recently rejuvenated Everton area, city centre and Baltic Triangle.

All of the housing projects identified by the Liverpool Echo will bring over 1,000 apartments or student rooms to the city once completed.

New police station

Merseyside police has identified that the current headquarters on Canning Place are unfit for purpose, and have announced that they plan on moving to a £45 million facility on Scotland Road in North Liverpool. It is estimated that the £45m budget will still be  £780,000 less than renovating the current facility.

The current Merseyside Police HQ has been at the Canning Place site since 1977, but repair and maintenance costs have led to Merseyside Police’s decision to move.

Liverpool Waters

Liverpool’s dock has been an important asset to the city throughout its history, and it will be seeing a radical transformation over the next 30 years after the land was acquired by The Peel Group.

An estimated 2 million square metres of space will be developed into housing, business space and hotel and conference facilities. The northern area of the dock will also be the site of Everton FC’s new stadium on Bramley Moor Dock and will include a £19m investment in roads to bring people to the new area.

For the new shipping terminal, the existing landing at Princes Jetty, next to Princes Dock, is currently undergoing planning permission for its removal by Liverpool City Council and work has also been completed to check the bedrock where the new terminal will sit to make sure that it is safe for use. The current terminal welcomed 57 ships, and their 100,000 passengers to the city last year, and is thought to be worth £7m a year to the city’s economy. The new terminal means that larger ships will be able to dock close to the city centre bringing in even more people to the city.

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital

A project that was delayed due to the collapse of Carillion, and has had a number of setbacks with contractors unwilling to take on the project and defects found on the site. The new hospital is now set to open in 2022, 5 years after the original completion date of 2017, and 9 years after the project started.

However, when the new hospital opens, the whole facility will offer single bedrooms with patients being able to enjoy the privacy of their own room, as well as include specialist units for nephrology, renal transplant, renal dialysis, pancreatic surgery, ophthalmology, haematology, bone marrow transplant and vascular surgery.

Insurance with Premierline

The construction industry will become more interesting and exciting in the coming years with major investments in UK infrastructure up and down the country. However, the industry also carries risk which is why it’s essential to consider insurance.

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