A 2,000-seat ice rink and a virtual reality leisure centre are being considered for Liverpool’s Kings Dock waterfront.
The attractions are among a mix of features which could transform the area in the future as part of a transformational multi-phase redevelopment.
The first phase of the major scheme was progressed yesterday (Thursday 31 August) as a planning application for a new office building was submitted to Liverpool City Council.
Wirral-based business The Contact Company is working with the local authority, which owns the land, and development partner YPG to build new offices at Monarch’s Quay.
Subject to consent, the new four-storey, 45,000 sq ft office building would be the start of the creation of a new leisure, commercial and retail destination on the dock.
The proposed design and delivery of new public realm next to Queens Dock is also included in the planning application.
If approved the building, which would house 1,500 new employees, would be expected to open by the end of 2018.
An ice rink, a hotel, new homes, restaurants, bars, shops and a car park could form further phases of the area’s regeneration. A new Winter garden, new public realm, ten pin bowling and a virtual reality leisure centre are also said to be among the additional features being considered.
Public consultation is set to be carried out by development partners on all future plans.
The Monarch’s Quay site is already allocated for mixed use development in the Liverpool Unitary Development Plan, which dictates acceptable uses and design principles for the site.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “This is brilliant news for Liverpool and could ultimately lead to the creation of a new riverside destination, boosting our visitor economy and creating jobs for local people.”