First phase of EDAW waterfront scheme opens

The first phase of Liverpool Pier Head's £8m public realm transformation has opened following a masterplan from landscape architecture firm EDAW.

During the past year the area in front of Liverpool's Three Graces buildings has been transformed to create a world-class public space incorporating a new canal.

The masterplan for the area was produced by landscape architects EDAW with 2020 Liverpool providing the engineering design.

It includes high quality paving works, a new lawn, an area to stage events and feature lighting as well as two canal basins.

Lighting design was created by consultant Graham Festenstein. British Waterways has project managed the works with Balfour Beatty Engineering Ltd as contractor.

The work on the canal link began in December 2006 with the public realm works starting in autumn 2007.

The first phase - the south and central areas in front of the Three Graces - opened yesterday (28 October) with the northern area set to open at the end of November.

Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley said: "The design is imaginative and fits in well with the other major schemes taking shape around the waterfront."
The Pier Head work has involved creating sheltered areas with seating overlooking the canal. In the centre of the site is a new lawn and there is new feature lighting and areas paved in granite.

The project has also included the replanting of Canada Boulevard with sycamore maples, replacing the previous trees which were in decline and poor health and the associated plaques have been relaid.

Funding for the public realm was provided by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the Government Office North West.

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