New perspectives on the waterfront

The future of the Liverpool waterfront will be examined in a series of seminars addressed by expert speakers.

They have a common theme of ‘perspective’ and will debate the Liverpool Waters scheme from international, national, and local standpoints.

Liverpool Waters was granted planning permission from central government earlier this year. The massive £5.5bn project will see contractors Peel overseeing the regeneration of 60 hectares of dockland in North Liverpool.

The seminar series, which is now in its fourth year, has been organised by Liverpool social enterprise Engage. The organisation, which represents apartment residents in the city centre, wants to give local people the opportunity to have a say in the future of the development.

On Wednesday, October 16 Rowan Moore, architecture critic of the Observer, and Prof Michael Hebbert, professor of town planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, will each discuss Liverpool Waters from a national perspective at the Liverpool Medical Institution on Mount Pleasant.

The second seminar will address the international view of what Liverpool can achieve on the world stage, and takes place at the Bluecoat on Wednesday, October 30. The speaker will be the world’s leading authority on waterfront regeneration projects in harbour cities, Prof Dr Dirk Schubert of HafenCity University, Hamburg.

Finally, on Wednesday, November 13, Pete Swift, director of landscape architects and urban designers Planit-IE, will offer a local perspective in his talk at the LJMU Redmonds Building on Brownlow Hill.

The events are aimed at residents of Liverpool city centre and its stakeholders, and are designed to offer a completely independent discussion of the Liverpool Waters project.

Gerry Proctor, Chair of Engage, said:  “Liverpool Waters is the opportunity of a lifetime and offers this generation a chance to leave something significant for posterity as a previous generation left us the many buildings now making up the World Heritage Sites in the city.

“Engage as an organisation is committed to creating significant opportunities for serious reflection around urban living, because  we want Liverpool to be the best city in the UK in which to live, work and play.”

All the talks are free to registered residents of the city centre and waterfront and a donation from all others is requested to offset costs, but places must be registered in advance at www.engageliverpool.com.