The Land Trust Appoints Groundwork Merseyside in Liverpool

Date: 18th January 2011

Following an extensive search the Land Trust is thrilled to announce that it has appointed Groundwork Merseyside as its managing agent for the iconic Festival Gardens site in Liverpool.

Despite having applications from across the world for the coveted position, the localised base and community  knowledge of Groundwork made them a natural partner for this project.

The appointment , ratified this week by the Trust’s Board of Trustees, followed a rigorous application process that culminated in an interview in front of a panel of strategic partners to the scheme.

The Trust’s Head of Portfolio, Alan Carter, commented, “Groundwork came into this process as one of the most enthusiastic contenders. They have already come up with some wonderful ideas for future uses of the site and their local network makes them perfectly positioned to involve the community at every stage…we are really looking forward to now getting stuck in and making this a site that everyone can be proud of.”

Pat Broster, Executive Director at Groundwork Merseyside says, “We are delighted to be appointed as managing agent for the Festival Gardens site. The application process gave us the opportunity to explore some progressive ideas and we are now looking forward to working with partners and engaging with the community in order to bring them to fruition.”

Stephen Barnes, Langtree’s Development Director concluded “The partners were all very impressed with Groundwork’s application. Their desire to make this site an international success once more echoed our main aim and we all look forward to working with them now and in the future.”

Restoration of the Festival Gardens will be completed in spring of this year with the Gardens being opening to the public shortly after.