Liverpool seeks partner for Festival Park Garden site

River view The 90 acre site lies just 10 minutes drive south of the city centre will be known as Festival Park Liverpool. Credit: Liverpool Council


Liverpool City Council is looking for partner to create “a cultural garden suburb” on the banks of the River Mersey.

The authority's unveiling the next stage of its vision for the former International Festival Gardens site today at MIPM – Europe’s largest property expo in Cannes, France.

The 90 acre site, which lies just 10 minutes drive south of the city centre, is to be promoted as Festival Park Liverpool.

The key area is the 28 acre northern development zone - one of Liverpool’s biggest investment opportunities over the next decade with the potential to create up to 2,500 new homes.

They will be part of a mixed-use leisure and retail scheme alongside a new public open space on the Southern Grasslands.

The city council, which took control of the site last year, appointed architects to create a draft masterplan and held a public consultation to gauge feedback about making it a major visitor and cultural destination.

City View: potential to create up to 2,500 new homes. Credit: Liverpool Council

“We need a partner, or partners, to help realise the vision and create a cultural garden suburb which will have no equal in the UK.

“The site is fully owned by the city council and we see the Festival Park as a key component of Liverpool’s future prosperity, addressing the need for more quality homes and complementing what the city is achieving at the Knowledge Quarter and Liverpool Waters.”

– Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson
Area of interest looking for development partner Credit: Liverpool Council

An updated masterplan is to be submitted to the council’s Cabinet in the next six weeks.

The refined masterplan will serve as a development framework for future planning applications.

Following MIPM, at which Liverpool has sent its largest ever delegation, a set of land surveys and environmental assessments will also be undertaken before site excavation works begin.

There is a current outline planning consent for a 1,380 unit residential development on part of the site, valid until December 2022.

Liverpool City Council’s Regeneration department will be handling investment inquiries for Festival Park Liverpool: email: