Work starts today (21 November) to demolish a Liverpool waterfront car park ravaged by fire on New Year’s Eve 2017.
The process of removing the first vehicles from the seven-storey car park, which has almost 1,200 vehicles inside – more than 1,000 of which are completely burnt out – will also get underway.
The demolition follows an agreement with insurance companies and liaison with the Association of British Insurers including the process and the procedure for the removal of the vehicles not burnt out.
These vehicles will be taken to a secure compound and the relevant insurance companies will be liaising with the owners regarding the removal of any belongings from these vehicles.
It’s anticipated that the majority of the demolition will be complete before Christmas and prior to the first anniversary of the fire.
No vehicles could be removed prior to the demolition process commencing due to safety concerns regarding the fragile nature of the building.
Mersey Fire and Rescue Service recently concluded that temperatures during the blaze reached over 1,000 degree celsius, far higher than the previous estimate of 600 degrees.
Planning permission for a new, nine-floor car park for 1,650 vehicles at Monarch’s Quay was recently approved.
The new car park at ACC Liverpool will be fitted with CCTV, electric vehicle charging points, sprinkler system, 15 motorcycle spaces and fully accessible fire evacuation lifts.
A series of highway changes are also being proposed to improve access into and out of the new car park, especially after sold out events.
The new car park will be built in front of Exhibition Centre Liverpool by contractor Willmott Dixon.
As a temporary measure the council is also erecting a four floor, 550-space car park on the site to support events at the waterfront venues. This will be completed and ready for operation in December 2018.
Once demolished, the previous car park site will be levelled and made safe before being incorporated into a wider masterplan for Kings Dock.