Preparations for the £6.5 million transformation of a Liverpool city centre car park are to get underway.
From 10 February there will no longer be access to the current level-entry Victoria Street facility, as a series of early works takes place before the development of a new five-storey car park and adjoining leisure scheme.
Funded by Liverpool City Council, the recently approved development will provide 333 car spaces, 15 motorcycle spaces and 28 cycle spaces, as well as three electric vehicle charging bays.
A three-storey block next to the car park will also accommodate restaurant and bar units with a rooftop terrace, and outdoor seating due to a wider pavement area.
Signage is being put in place this morning (7 February) to notify motorists that from Friday there’ll be no access to the current 121-space car park, which is said to have caused congestion and pollution as drivers circled it waiting for an available space.
Preliminary works are due to begin on 13 February, with contractor Willmott Dixon expected to get the construction itself underway during mid-March.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, says: “Victoria Street is a vital artery in Liverpool’s retail core and a high quality car park will provide a huge boost for surrounding businesses such as the Metquarter.
“I look forward to seeing this new, eco-friendly car park open and start providing cyclists and electric vehicles more options when travelling into our city centre.”
The development, expected to open in December, will be accessed from Crosshall Street with exits on Sir Thomas Street and will also lead to the planting of 90 new trees to offset the loss of 36 currently on site.