Hailed by developers Peel Holdings as 'the largest regeneration scheme in the country', the gargantuan project has been masterplanned by Broadway Malyan ( ajplus 24.08.06) and is expected to attract a raft of big name international architects.
The practice has confirmed that the 1.5 million m 2development, which will feature a series of skyscrapers over 50 storeys high, will be opened up to other practices in a bid to create an 'iconic destination waterfront development.'
Estimated to take at least 30 years to complete, the project aims to deliver 15,000 new homes and a new mixed-use quarter at East Float and Vittoria Dock which, the scheme's backers boast, 'will see Wirral have its own three Graces and a skyline to rival Manhattan.'
Surprisingly, the development will also include a new 53,000m 2retail park which is to be designed in a 'classical style.'
Among the other proposals are a new footbridge across the docks, a waterfront retail and leisure development, a new marina and 460,000m 2of office space.
Peel Holdings development director Lindsey Ashworth said: 'We are delighted to have the opportunity to transform this area of Wirral into a development of world class status creating great new places to live, work and relax.'
An outline planning application is expected to be submitted next year.