New waterfront hotels could be built as part of city centre masterplan

A CGI showing how the Liverpool Waters plan could change Liverpool's waterfront
-Credit: (Image: Peel Waters)

At least one hotel could be built on Liverpool's waterfront as part of a revised regeneration masterplan.

Property giant Peel is behind the Liverpool Waters project, which is a 30-year regeneration plan for the city's waterfront and its northern docks. Peel's initial plan was approved eleven years ago, before Bramley-Moore Dock was selected as the location for Everton's new stadium.

As the stadium is nearing completion and in response to the effect that a rise in home working is having on city centres, the company carried out a consultation to refine the plan. The feedback saw requests for the masterplan to include more public green spaces and further preservation to unique elements of the docks; through the creation of more dockside open space.

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People who responded also asked for a more diverse and affordable housing offer - and for community, connectivity and accessibility to be at the heart of the new masterplan.

Included in the revised plan is the possibility for multiple hotels to be built on the waterfront. Peel is planning for one to be constructed next to the Liverpool Cruise Terminal and is currently looking for a hotel operator to develop the site. The plan has scope for the construction of at least one hotel.

Chris Capes, director of development for Liverpool Waters, said: “Liverpool Waters now has greater certainty over the new cruise liner terminal, and we are actively looking at all of the fantastic development opportunities this presents at prime locations within the Princes Dock neighbourhood. We are shortly to go out to market seeking a hotel operator to develop the site opposite the proposed cruise terminal site.

"We are also in discussions with leisure operators to develop complementary activities alongside what we already have with the sauna and open water swimming.

"We are most excited to bring forward the site of the current temporary cruise liner terminal. This is the most prominent plot in Liverpool Waters so it is essential we work with an operator who will deliver a high-quality development to benefit Liverpool Waters and the wider city. The footfall that the cruise liner terminal brings will be a huge benefit for developing this plot.

"Our master planning supports the opportunity here for at least one waterfront hotel to accommodate the growing number of tourists expected to visit the city over the coming years.”

The revised plan also includes the new Everton stadium, which wasn’t included in the earlier masterplan. The new plans are set to include additional new welcoming spaces for visitors, as well as designing the surrounding area to complement the Blues' new home, which is set to open for the start of the 2025/26 football season.

More details of the revised Liverpool Waters masterplan, including new CGI images, will be released when the plan is submitted to Liverpool City Council in June. To leave your comments, please visit Let's Chat Liverpool Waters.

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