Liverpool City Council has given planning consent to create a canal boat marina at Brunswick Dock’s under-used Southern Basin, which will also include a water taxi pick-up and drop-off point, which will improve connectivity between the docks and provide a unique experience of the Liverpool waterfront.
The 44-berth marina will provide additional berths for canal boat visitors, along with access from Brunswick Way. A facilities centre will be built on a floating pontoon in the dock basin, which includes showers, laundry, and storage services. The basin will also provide direct connections with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The proposals by architect and planner Cass Associates also includes a pick-up and drop-off point for water taxis to encourage the use of services along the city’s waterfront.
The Liverpool Marina has become popular with canal boat visitors looking to visit the city centre via the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The result has been an increase in demand for berthing spaces within the existing marina in the north of Brunswick Dock and Coburg Dock. There are currently 350 berths at the current marina, with the new proposals increasing the number of berths to 394. It is hoped that by creating an additional space for canal boats at the dock’s southern end, the proposals will free up more room for other vessels within Brunswick Dock.
The Southern Basin sits opposite Brunswick Way and next to the Travelodge by the Sefton Street roundabout. It also sits opposite the Royal Navy’s Northern Regional Headquarters. Consultations were held with local residents, businesses, and the Royal Navy before plans were lodged.
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