19 November 2018

When I first came to Liverpool in a professional capacity, it was a very different place than it is today. In my role as the then Estates Director for Grosvenor at Liverpool ONE, I was thrust into the centre of a colossal regeneration project which was going to help the city’s retail core rediscover its verve and swagger.

One of the many things I’ve learnt in the following 15 years is that scousers are fiercely proud and passionate about the built environment. ‘It will do’ will never do in this city and that thinking was always with us as we refined and shaped the plans, adding in detail to create the marvellous award-winning retail and leisure destination that Liverpool ONE is today.

With my time with Grosvenor at an end, and my children comfortably established in school here, I’ve stayed on and retain a keen interest in the ongoing progression and development of the city on a national and international basis.

There are many exciting projects which are either on the drawing board or just getting to site in the city, and foremost among these are Everton’s plans at Bramley-Moore Dock.

The parallels between it and Liverpool ONE are very pertinent and not just because Liverpool ONE is built on a disused dock. What we’ve seen with Liverpool ONE is that other parts of the city benefit as the greater activity and spending ripples out.

Being right in the heart of the city centre meant parts of the surroundings were already redeveloped but when I’ve travelled down to the Titanic Hotel, what I see is the huge potential and opportunity which many other city’s simply don’t have.

The regenerative effect of the proposals at Bramley-Moore Dock will undoubtedly kick start other developments between it and the city centre and these are exciting times to be part of the city.

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