Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2019
Canning Dock (c) Gareth Jones
National Museums Liverpool’s invitation to tender
National Museums Liverpool is on the search for planners to help them transform its waterfront estate.
The scheme – or masterplan – is to create a modern visitor attraction that connects Liverpool’s historic waterfront with the city, the River Mersey and its architecture; integral features of Liverpool’s iconic identity.
The affected area, around the Canning Graving Docks, is at the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site, taking in the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool on one side and the Pier Head and Mann Island on the other.
Mairi Johnson, National Museums Liverpool’s Director of Estates said,
“The masterplan is an ambitious undertaking that will dramatically change the visitor experience when it is complete.
“Liverpool’s waterfront is not only a beautiful space but also one of huge historic significance to the city, the wider region and the rest of the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to create spaces for visitors to linger within this unique setting and to really engage with the spirit of the place.
“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.”
Notes to Editors
About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 3.3 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Seized! (UK Border Force National Museum), Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. National Museums Liverpool is regulated by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Museums and galleries regulated by DCMS are exempt charities under Schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011. Registered Office: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN.