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Albert Dock owner pushes forward with new vision for city landmark

The owner of Liverpool’s Albert Dock is moving forward with its plans for a new vision for the famous waterfront landmark.

Aberdeen Asset Management is seeking permission to convert the use of six units from office to retail as well as improvements to the frontages along The Colonnades’ area.

In March, the global investment management firm unveiled proposals for a “distinct and diverse” food offering alongside a new ‘evolving retail’ concept which it hopes will attract new tenants and drive further footfall to the site outside of weekends and events.

This new strategy includes plans  to give “cleaner lines” to the appearance of the Grade I-listed building by giving all shopfronts along The Colonnades’ area double-height glazing.

A planning application submitted to Liverpool City Council by Aberdeen for the “change of use of ground floor unit 19a and mezzanine units 36a, 36b and 38 from offices to retail” says the works will follow a similar approach to that taken on other units within Albert Dock.

Meanwhile a document included with the proposals adds: “The plan is to open up the units to provide greater circulation space at ground floor level and to remove the front part of the existing mezzanine to create a double-height space.”