Work is scheduled to begin on the new Welcome Pavilion at Albert Dock this autumn after the green light was secured.
The planned development is promising a “new icon on the waterfront” as it brings an information and event space to the Liverpool tourism hotspot.
Designed by K2 Architects, the venue will also use multi-media platforms to interpret the history and heritage of the dock for visitors, and aims to strengthen the links between the city centre and the waterfront.
Meanwhile physical barriers and clutter will be removed to make way for new multi-use public realm around the building, creating a more pedestrian-friendly welcome to Albert Dock and opening up views of the waterfront.
Sue Grindrod, chief executive of Albert Dock Liverpool, says: “Delivering on our vision for a Welcome Pavilion in such an iconic location has pushed us to focus on the future needs of visitors to Albert Dock for years to come.
“We are thrilled that we can now break ground and realise the vision.”
Mark Davies, director of K2 Architects, adds: “The Welcome Pavilion underpins a new sense of arrival, and reinterpreting ways in which Albert Dock connects and articulates its unique heritage with future generations of visitors.
“We are not looking for a dwell time here, this is not a “shouty” building. It is deliberately pared down, but the attention is in the detail.”
The Welcome Pavilion forms the first part of a masterplan by landscape architects Planit-IE for the future development of Albert Dock.
It also responds to the ambitions of the Albert Dock 175 strategy to position the site as a world class leisure destination ahead of 2021 – the 175th anniversary of the dock being officially opened by Prince Albert.
Paul Grover, associate director at Arup which has acted as structural and civil engineer on the scheme, says: “The Welcome Pavilion will be a new icon on the waterfront. It will be a key linkage to bring people out from Liverpool ONE, down to the waterfront and linking back into Albert Dock to peek inside those incredible pavilions beyond.”
Welcome Pavilion is expected to reach completion in summer 2019.
Alongside Arup, Planit-IE and K2 Architects, the design team for the project has also included Walker Sime, Steven A Hunt & Associates, Curtins, Jenny Douglas and Rub Burns.