Plans to turn Liverpool reservoir into a landmark announced

The development group Dingle 2000 recently announced its intentions to turn the decommissioned Toxteth reservoir into a must-visit destination.

The regeneration group will oversee the transformation of the 2,600 square meter reservoir. It is planning to use the internal space for local businesses, organisations, and for exhibitions and cultural events.

On the roof there will be a huge glass pyramid with a garden and restaurant. The unusual interior space, combined with the view over the area from the roof, is expected to attract thousands of tourists to the site each year. Over 500 people took the chance to wonder around the reservoir, with its vaulted ceiling and hundreds of cast-iron columns, during this year’s Heritage Open Day.

It is estimated that the first phase of the development will cost £150,000. During this stage, the building will be opened up, so local businesses and organisations can begin to use the space. The next phase will be to add the pyramid, restaurant and garden.

Richard Cass, the architect, told the Sunday ECHO:

“In order to get some commercial activity I thought it would be good to put a glass pyramid on the roof with a restaurant in it. That would transform it into a major visitor destination…”

In total it will cost £2.5m to transform the reservoir, which will be visible from the Wirral and North Wales. Architects may in turn take inspiration from it as they work on plans for the Wirral Waters regeneration project.

Posted by Mark
October 21, 2014

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