£15m Canning Dock transformation gets green light - here's what it will look like

The project by National Museums Liverpool includes an experiential pavilion and a new pedestrian footbridge from the Royal Albert Dock.

An ambitious £15 million scheme to transform Liverpool’s historic Canning Dock has been granted planning permission. The redevelopment would open up an area of 194,000 sq ft to the public for ‘education, contemplation and recreation’.

The proposed design includes an experiential pavilion, a new pedestrian footbridge from the Royal Albert Dock, a contemplation space and a staircase to descend into the dock. National Museums Liverpool (NML) commissioned architects Asif Khan Studio and artist Theaster Gates to ‘reimagine’ the area between the Royal Albert Dock and Mann Island last year.

Khan said planning approval was ‘a giant step toward welcoming people to experience the transformative power of this site and its stories’. Liz Stewart, head of the Museum of Liverpool, said: “The dry docks and quaysides have such a powerful heritage narrative, and throughout the process of co-production, we’ve ensured the feedback and ideas coming directly from our communities, is integrated into the designs.”

The plans for the dry dock, which was originally built in 1765 to service ships, will be partly funded by a £10m contribution from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up fund and is part of NML’s wider Waterfront Transformation Project.

Below are some images of what the docks could look like following a multi-million pound transformation.

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