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There’s nothing like the start of a new decade to set ambitious plans in motion – and in Liverpool we’re happy to say we’ve got lots to look forward to – starting right now!
We’ve got some of the most inspired minds in the UK bringing incredible vision to Liverpool. Thanks to ongoing regeneration projects sweeping through the city, huge levels of investment in public services, an iconic waterfront and impressive home-grown ambassadors appealing to overseas visitors, Liverpool is at the forefront of innovation and ambition, developing the kind of opportunities that keep our city beautiful, buoyant and high in demand…and it’s only January, folks!
On course to win the Premiership and back-to-back winners of The Champions League there’s no sitting around for Jürgen Klopp’s squad this year with plans for the second-stage of the Anfield Road stand expansion – which will take capacity to around 61,000 – expected to be made public in February.
Meanwhile Liverpool’s state-of-the-art £50 million training ground in Kirkby – which will be shared by senior and youth team players for the first time in the club’s history, goes ahead in 2020, along with the biggest kit deal in the Premiere League starting with Nike in June.
The launch of Sciontec – Science Innovation Technology in 2019, created a dedicated neighbourhood for our award-winning city centre-based universities and hospitals. Giving these outstanding facilities a dedicated district name is part of the city’s ambitious plans for growth; encouraging collaboration and creating a single destination for investment and development within the life-science, healthcare and technology industries.
This year, Knowledge Quarter or KQ Liverpool sets out to promote the city as
one of the world’s most influential players, repositioning the city at the forefront of global innovation in science, health, technology, culture and education with over £1 billion impressive new developments already underway, including the Paddington Village site, which will become home to major research facilities.
Liverpool’s 11-storey, state-of-the-art cancer hospital opens in May within the city’s Knowledge Quarter. Partly funded by Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, the facility’s location in Pembroke Place close to the university and Royal Liverpool University Hospital, nurtures research collaboration and offers practical support for the ongoing care of patients visiting Liverpool’s specialist healthcare services.
In Merseyside, cancer-related deaths are 20% higher than the national average leading to the £162 million investment in cancer services for Merseyside, including improvements to the Clatterbridge Wirral site which will continue out-patient treatment along with Aintree.
As Carlo Ancelotti injects a new kind of passion into the EFC team will 2020 be the year that plans for Bramley Moore Dock Stadium gain traction? The proposal facilitates a capacity of 52,000 with low-level car parking and access from the newly expanded Dock Road to pre and post-match entertainment at a Fan Plaza. Inside the stadium fans can expect an amplified atmosphere and north-south orientation – all carefully designed to ensure the best experience imaginable for Blues supporters.
Meanwhile, in the absence of EFC’s historic home at Goodison Park, ambitious plans for the area are headed-up by The People’s Project including new a housing development, business support, commercial space, healthcare and educational resources.
We’ve taken her talent to heart, followed her every success, Googled her acceptance speeches, and talked about how it seems like only a split-second ago, our Jodie went from TV acclaim along the lines of, ‘She’s from Liverpool,’ to ‘We’ve got ourselves a legend here,’ thanks to her award-winning role as Villanelle in the BBC’s Killing Eve.
It’s no surprise then that Hollywood fame is around the corner for Jodie Comer with a couple of A-list projects already wrapped, and a feeling that this Liverpool leading lady’s only just getting started…
Catch Jodie this summer in comedy Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who realises he’s a video game character, and Ridley Scott’s latest project, The Last Duel due on-screen in early 2021 and co-written and starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as duelling Knights, fighting for Jodie’s honour.
We’re always on the go in Liverpool and out and about in the city there’s big plans in place to help us get around, leading to greater job opportunities, improved access to popular local areas and much better times for our environment as well as an ongoing commitment to improving our daily commuting experience.
Thanks to a £172 million investment in transport across the region there’ll be new train stations at the bustling Baltic Triangle and Kirkby’s Headbolt Lane, along with major investment in the region’s cycling network to encourage more cyclists onto our roads – and dedicated studies looking at how we improve and expand existing services.
You will see The Strand and Lime Street transformed into more pedestrian friendly, greener spaces as the next step of our city’s transport grid takes shape.
The fifth series of BBC 2’s Hospital brings the award-winning documentary series back to the city, taking us behind the scenes across our six incredible NHS Trust hospitals, with each episode revealing the tireless work of indispensable staff and giving us a glimpse into the continual strain placed across the board on the struggling NHS services.
Thanks to an outpouring of public response to the highs and lows of shifts and the emotional stories of patient journeys, last year’s series was watched by over 2 million viewers, resulting in an active increase in blood donors. The series is something Liverpool can be proud of, bringing greater understanding of the exceptionally skilled medical staff working in our city, along with the immediate threats to NHS services which we can unfortunately no longer take for granted.
The ingenious 30-year project to transform the northern docks is one of the largest single-ownership port-city development schemes in Europe, set to have the Liverpool Waterfront competing with Hamburg, Boston, Toronto and Barcelona in terms of international prestige and investment within the local economy.
The £5.5 billion scheme will bring new residents, businesses, jobs and leisure space to the area. In 2019, as part of five new neighbourhoods in the Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme, the award-winning Princes Dock residential block sold out after unprecedented interest from homebuyers and investors. At the start of 2020, work commenced on the Cruise Liner Terminal and Hotel, with current proposals lined up until 2022.
As one of the most famous historical ports in the British Empire, it’s only fitting our city becomes part of Virgin Voyages history this year, as their hotly anticipated first ocean cruise ship Scarlet Lady visits Liverpool in February with 2,700 passengers onboard as they set sail to Virgin’s new beach resort in Miami.
Liverpool Cruise Terminal has welcomed more than 170 visiting cruise brands during the past two years alone including Cunard, Disney and Princess, and as 2020 sets sail with The Peel Group beginning work on the new Liverpool Cruise Terminal and Hotel, and the site developed to hold up to 3,600 passengers, featuring lounge and café facilities at the Princes Jetty dock site – it looks like we’ll be welcoming many more.
It’s hard to believe this instantly recognisable ambassador of our city is only just realising its potential with Royal Liver Building 360º tours showcasing spectacular views of the Liverpool skyline a world-class digital projection show inside the historic clock tower.
The latest phase in the reimagining of the iconic Royal Liver Building reveals premium office space running over mezzanine, ground and first floors, with a new restaurant, coffee shop, bar, gym and cycling facilities installed to promote health and well-being in the modern workplace.
And the story doesn’t end there, with new plans submitted this year which could see a public gym, boxing ring and swimming pool located in the currently unused basement as part of strategic long-term plans to transform Liverpool’s landmark building.
The first homes could be available in 2022 after the former International Festival Gardens site becomes a riverside community, offering around 1,500 eco-friendly houses on the bank of the river in South Liverpool as part of a regeneration of the 28-acre site.
Three miles from the city centre, it offers the opportunity for a new eco-forward Liverpool neighbourhood featuring retail facilities, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants to attract investors and contribute to healthy economic growth at a time of housing crisis.
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