Stuning images show how town’s waterfront could be transformed

Stuning images show how town’s waterfront could be transformed

by Malcolm Hindle (May 2021)

These stunning images reveal how a multi-million pound investment could transform the waterfront area of Southport.

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 success of the recent Southport Town Deal funding awarded by the government has given the resort a huge shot in the arm to carry such a scheme forward.

Robert Agsteribbe, a Partner at Bliss Investment Partners (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.

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.

Robert added: “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’.”

Sefton Council officers and the Southport Town Deal board are now drawing up Business Cases to ensure that schemes such as the new theatre, the light show on the lake, infrastructure support for Southport Pleasureland, new business incubator and co-working office space and public realm improvements can also become a reality.

Robert added: “When Sefton finishes the new events and performance buildings, and if we can realise the other schemes within the Southport Town Deal, then the potential trajectory for Southport is massive.

“It is all do-able and it is hugely exciting.”

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