New images show how Southport waterfront could be transformed

New images show how Southport waterfront could be transformed

by Tom Martin (May 2021)

These stunning images reveal how a multi-million pound investment will transform the waterfront area of Southport and create a new destination to rival the best in Europe.

The redevelopment alongside the town’s Marine Lake will complement the planned construction of a new Lakeside performance, events and leisure complex that would sit alongside it.

A world class light and water show in the lake would further add to the area’s wow factor.

The huge success of the Southport Town Deal has given our spectacular coastal seaside resort a great opportunity to launch “a race to the top”.

Robert Agsteribbe, a Partner at BIP, says the £38.5million government funding presents Southport with the chance to transform our town and attract millions of new visitors every year.

He is looking forward to working alongside Sefton Council and other partners to realise an exciting redevelopment of the Waterfront area of Southport.

They’re particularly keen to see a future vision for Southport which makes the most of the Marine Lake - one of the North West’s greatest assets - which has been greatly under-utilised in recent years.

Robert  praised the work done by Sefton Council alongside their consultants IPW, experts in venues and facilities, and global architects HOK, in creating spectacular designs for a proposed new Lakeside performance, events and leisure complex for Southport as part of the Town Deal submission to the Government.

The new ‘Lakeside’ development will complement the substantial investment which has been made at Bliss Hotel in recent years and knit together beautifully with the exciting plans for the BIP site.

Other schemes being planned through the Southport Town Deal include creating a world class light and water show in the Marine Lake. Further along the edge of the lake, Town Deal funding is due to support infrastructure work to allow Southport Pleasureland to grow into an indoor, all year attraction.

Southport Cove meanwhile is keen to open a world class surf resort on the Princes Park site, also next to Marine Lake.

This is a good time to rebuild. The Covid pandemic saw the doors close at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre in March last year while Genting Casino announced its plan to vacate its Southport premises in February this year.

The situation however provides an excellent opportunity to take a fresh look at the Waterfront site and make the most of one of Southport’s greatest assets - the Marine Lake.

Robert said: “The waters of the Marine Lake have always been a superb draw for people. Where else do you have an attraction like this?

“For a scheme of this magnitude and importance we’re in discussion with a number of potential development partners and we’ve been particularly impressed with the guys at Genr8 who have a fantastic track record of leading major regeneration development schemes in the UK. They really get the opportunity and have total belief in the future for Southport.

“With their team we’ve been looking at the site in detail and have come up with an outstanding scheme which demolishes the corner building where Genting was and replace it with a mixed use ‘European Plaza’ which connects to, and complements, the new ‘Lakeside Events Centre’ conceived by Sefton's team; all of which, through clever public realm design, connects the site and the town to the lake and the views over the coastline. An aspect that the town has been denied for way too long.”

Mike Smith from Genr8 said: “The importance of the work done by Sefton Council in securing the Towns Fund support cannot be underestimated and the opportunity it presents in transforming the waterfront and beyond is huge.

“We have been tremendously impressed with the vision demonstrated by both the council and Robert  and his colleagues at Bliss and we are incredibly excited at the prospect of working alongside them both to help bring forward a robust delivery strategy.

“A comprehensive and transformational approach will not just create a new waterfront destination but be a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the whole town.

“The possibilities in terms of scale are endless and we really believe Southport can become a major leisure destination to stand alongside the best that Europe has to offer.”

Robert said: ‘“Last year we created Room at Bliss Hotel, our new all day public space (which will also host functions and events) which has stunning 180 degree views over Marine Lake and the coast. I think it’s the finest space on the coast.

“What we have the opportunity to do now is to talk about how all of the area around the lake will fit together to create something truly special with Regional, National and International significance and appeal.

“Our new scheme provides loads of opportunities for new operators, whether it’s hotel, shared office space, leisure, gym, residential, office, live/work, bespoke

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