These are the first images of the mammoth £4.5 billion Wirral Waters proposals to transform the rundown Birkenhead Docks on Merseyside.
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 2
development, 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 2
retail 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 2
of 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. by Richard Waite