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MUSEUM REVAMP: National Museums Liverpool unveils waterfront plans

MUSEUM REVAMP: National Museums Liverpool unveils waterfront plans

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National Museums Liverpool (NML) has announced a project to transform the city’s waterfront as part of plans for a ‘decade of change'

To mark the start of the new year, NML will embark on a landmark project to enhance a key part of the waterfront, launching with a high-profile placemaking competition in March 2021, to identify designers who will be part of the area’s development.

Spanning the area between the Royal Albert Dock and Mann Island, the transformation project will take in key landmarks including the creation of pedestrian links to the Canning Dock while also bringing life to multiple buildings within the area as part of a 10-year masterplan of transformation of Liverpool’s waterfront.

The highlight of the building transformations will be the redevelopment of the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building – formerly the Dock Traffic Office – which stands as a major iconic focal point of the Royal Albert Dock and will provide a dramatic and prominent entrance to the city’s International Slavery Museum (ISM) as part of the plans.

Laura Pye, Director of National Museums Liverpool, said: “We’re thrilled to start the new year with news of our ambitions for our Waterfront Transformation Project. The public realm between the Royal Albert Dock and Mann Island represents a huge opportunity for development and this project will be a big step towards enabling the public and our communities to share, enjoy and engage with its incredibly rich heritage.

“With the launch of our placemaking competition in March we hope to reinvent our much-loved public spaces and create an exciting, welcoming, and engaging environment for the benefit of the museums, our visitors, colleagues and the many businesses in the area and wider city, whilst enabling the stories told at our three waterfront museums to also be visible beyond our buildings.”


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