Danish practice 3XN has won a much-needed boost for its Museum of Liverpool plans, with the project securing a £5 million grant from the European Union.
The cash, delivered by the Merseyside Objective One programme, will go towards the £31 million required to build and fit out the scheme.
It is still hoped the museum will be ready for 2008, when the city becomes the European Capital of Culture.
The grant was welcomed by architecture minister David Lammy. ‘It will mean that Liverpool can at last build a fitting showcase to help visitors and local residents alike to appreciate its heritage and what it continues to be able to offer,’ he said.
‘The museum will be the centrepiece of a new leisure, office, retail and residential complex. Seven galleries will be spread over three floors, including a children’s space for the 75,000 school pupils expected to visit each year,’ Lammy added.
In separate news, Liverpool council is set to approve £6 million plans by Edaw for the area around the museum, to turn it into a new park.