The Museum of Liverpool has been handed enough cash to get its new building - the replacement for Will Alsop’s doomed Fourth Grace project - off the ground.
Yesterday the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) announced it would fork out 32.7 million to support the proposals - a move which will end months of rumours about the death of 3XN’s waterfront scheme. Back in January the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) rejected a 11.4 million bid from National Museums Liverpool, throwing the future of the development into doubt ( Architect rebuts claims that latest Fourth Grace effort is dead). However, the NWDA grant only goes part of the way to paying for Danish practice 3XN’s 65 million scheme. Although the cash injection will ensure construction work can start on the exterior of the building, there are still questions about how the museum will fund the interior and exhibition spaces. ‘There are still hurdles to overcome,’ said David Fleming, the director of National Museums ‘but this museum is becoming a reality. ‘The NWDA decision means this new museum is now in business and Liverpool is about to get one of the world’s best museums right in the heart of the city.’ Work is expected to start on site within the next six months. by Richard Waite