a unique riverside residential
community waterfront and park
In 1984, a former household tip site adjacent to the River Mersey was transformed into the country’s first ever garden festival. The International Garden Festival was a concept born from the Conservative government to regenerate Liverpool and drive tourism to the city in the wake of the Toxteth riots and industrial decline.
A five month pageant from May to October, the International Garden Festival attracted some 3.4 million visitors with its mix of 60 ornamental gardens from all parts of the world and the centrepiece Festival Hall which contained various floral displays.
When the festival closed its doors, a large part of the site was developed into residential housing, while the remainder experienced various incarnations as leisure and entertainment facilities, until it was left derelict in 1997 to fall into disrepair.
In 2007, Liverpool City Council granted Langtree planning permission to develop a residential-led regeneration scheme of the festival gardens which included the restoration of the formal gardens and the development of 1,300 homes.
This new dawn for the Festival Gardens has been a long time coming and represents a unique opportunity to create a public park which is befitting the spirit of the Garden Festival movement.
The redevelopment work began in February 2010 and will see the Japanese gardens, sculptures, lakes and associated watercourses restored ahead of its re-opening.
The Festival Gardens project is being managed by The Land Trust on behalf of the land owner Langtree and Liverpool City Council thanks to a grant of £3.7m from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
This work is the first step in the regeneration of the site which will ultimately see new residential development sitting alongside the newly opened park.
The site is situated on Riverside Drive, Liverpool.
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