The Liverpool Garden Festival Restoration Project is a landmark restoration scheme which will bring back into public use the waterfront park first created for the 1984 Liverpool Garden Festival. The objective is to develop a new residential community aligned to a high quality waterside park linking the City Centre and Otterspool Promenade.
Works to the residential area of the site are expected to commence in 2011/12 and will create a brand new residential centre located within an iconic river and park land setting.
Works are currently underway on the park itself with the introduction of new bridge structures, set against the restoration of the existing Oriental Pagoda structures, donated by the Chinese and Japanese governments. The former water features for the site will be regenerated and new life will be brought to the watercourses. Creation of new links between the proposed developed core and the waterfront promenade drive the design for the Oriental Gardens, whilst the wilder Woodland Trails area of the site retain their natural characteristics for local residents and visitors alike to enjoy.
Langtree has engaged a leading Design Team to manage the works, including Planit-IE and WCP Associates in design and management capacities respectively. Mayfield Construction have been appointed as the main contractor responsible for the delivery of the scheme under the guidance of the Langtree team.
Completion of the restoration works is planned for March 2011, with The Land Trust taking possession of the site for management in perpetuity.
Update - 01.02.11
The Festival Gardens site has truly been transformed since work began on site 12 months ago, and with the restoration well underway, it is beginning to look like the beauty spot it was in the early-80s.
Cleared of the litter and graffiti that tarnished Riverside Drive’s historic parkland, the site looks increasingly picturesque and green.
The iconic Chinese pagodas are currently being preserved with cleaning and re-painting of the oriental artwork almost complete. The larger of the two pagodas has been shrouded in plastic sheeting to heat the building and facilitate preservation works. While trees and shrubs have been planted in the bio-diversity area and the public pathways are being installed.
The Breedon gravel pathways leading to the Woodland Trails are near completion and installing the resin bound surfacing to the entrance area is next on the hardworks programme.
The steps to the Grand Axis, which is the main viewing point of the site with 360 degree views, are in and the next stage is to install the finishing gravel surfacing to the major pedestrian routes. The timber decking and the forge deck crossing across the main waterbody are also near completion.
The main bridge has this week been installed, and this will enable the completion of the main pedestrian route from the promenade.
With developments happening daily and quickly, we are approaching the final stages of restoration and the excitement is building as we near its completion in the Spring.
Update - 13.06.11
The restoration works on the formal gardens have now been completed and the park will be open to the public in late July.
Update - 19.07.11
Unfortunately due to our main contractor, Mayfield Construction, recently being forced into administration, it is believed the re-opening of the gardens will need to be put back until mid-September whilst Langtree searches for a replacement contractor to complete Mayfield's contract.
In the meantime, emergency ground maintenance staff have been drafted in by Langtree on a temporary basis to tend to the newly laid lawns and flower beds until a new contractor is identified.