New Kings Dock car park passes half way stage

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Work on a permanent new car park at Kings Dock to replace the one destroyed in a fire on New Year’s Eve 2017, has passed the half way stage.

Liverpool City Council appointed Willmott Dixon to construct an eight-floor facility, with a capacity for 1,450 cars. The new facility is set to be operational in September 2020.

New pictures show the latest project progress including a number of key milestones over the last month.

The structure’s five stair cores have now all been completed, with work now underway on pouring the first sections of concrete to the top floor of the car park.

In December last year, Willmott Dixon supported Liverpool City Council to deliver a temporary four-floor car park, with capacity for 550 vehicles, to support events at the city’s arena, convention and exhibition centre for the next 18 months, whilst the new car park is built at nearby Monarch’s Quay.

The contractor completed the demolition of the damaged Liverpool Waterfront car park, which was destroyed in the 1,000 degrees Celsius blaze, earlier this year.

The final phase of the clearance of the former waterfront car park has also now begun. The removal of the spoil left over from the demolition of the car park is considerable and requires a substantial transfer programme to an external site.

Vehicles movements will only take place between the hours of 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday only. The contractors for this transfer have set out a timetable which has the programme scheduled to complete on 20 December.

The site of the former car park is being incorporated into a wider masterplan for Kings Dock, with Liverpool City Council last week advertising several plots for sale at the prime waterfront site.

Councillor Sharon Connor, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for Highways, said: “It’s great to see how much progress is being made on this new car parking facility. It’s going to be of huge benefit to the major events we host when it opens – not just for the existing venues but for the new ones we hope to attract in the next phase of regenerating Kings Dock.

The benefits to our visitor economy are self-evident – the more conferences and events we can host at our iconic waterfront the more it will help to stimulate new jobs and future development.”

Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North, said: “As we mark another important milestone on this project, we’re proud to be playing our part, and working alongside Liverpool City Council, on the exciting redevelopment of city’s waterfront.

“When it is open in 2020, this will be a car park fit for the future and one to welcome the ever-growing number of people visiting conferences, entertainment events and exhibitions in the city.

“We are committed to leaving a lasting positive legacy for the people of Merseyside and in total, across the city of Liverpool, we have delivered more than £90m of community and regeneration projects, and have invested over £75m with local businesses.”