National Museums Liverpool looking to transform waterfront with visitor attraction

National Museums Liverpool (NML) has issued an open call for planners to help them transform its waterfront estate.

The brief for applicants explains: "We wish to create an outstanding visitor destination that connects Liverpool's stunning waterfront with the city, the River Mersey and the significant buildings that together all create such a strong visual identity.

The area will be Canning Graving Docks which is bookended by Royal Albert Dock on one side and the Pier Head and Mann Island opposite. The project focuses upon NML waterfront museums and property, which include: the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, Border Force's national museum: Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered, Piermaster's House, Piermaster's Office, Cooperage, Dock Master's House (Mermaid House), Canning Graving Docks, Great Western Railway Building, Pilotage and the Museum of Liverpool.

Mairi Johnson, National Museums Liverpool’s Director of Estates said, “The masterplan is an ambitious undertaking that will dramatically change the visitor experience when it is complete. Liverpool’s waterfront is not only a beautiful space but also one of huge historic significance to the city, the wider region and the rest of the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to create spaces for visitors to linger within this unique setting and to really engage with the spirit of the place.

"We’re expecting this tender process to attract really creative thinkers and exciting plans, inspired by the beauty and potential of the area. We hope to see interesting ways in which we can open up the quaysides, currently not accessible to the public, with a strong, connected vision for how these spaces could be used to complement the amazing stories we tell in the nearby museums."

The open call closes on 1 April, with contract dates for the work of 1 May – 1 July 2019. More information.


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