Festival Park Liverpool development could see water park

A new development set to transform Liverpool’s derelict Festival Gardens could receive one of the UK’s largest indoor water parks, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The plan, which was approved last June, was set to create a ‘cultural garden suburb’ called Festival Park in Liverpool. The site was bought by the council for £6m in 2015, with work to clear it set to cost £22m.

Following fears that a park may suffer vandalism, the council is calling for a company to test the viability of an indoor water park.

According to the advert, Festival Park, ‘one of the last remaining waterfront development opportunities’ in Liverpool, could see one of the largest indoor water parks in the country.

The new plans will still feature a hotel, car park, park and new homes.

The advert says: “The objective for the Festival Gardens site is to create a significant visitor attraction with a city, regional and nationwide catchment.

“One of the main planned leisure facilities is an indoor water park destination, which would be the largest of its kind in the UK attracting visitors from a wide catchment.”

In February, the Liverpool Echo revealed that the council was in talks with Heritage Great Britain about creating an attraction. Heritage Great Britain runs Snowdon Mountain Railway and the Land’s End tourist complex.

Heritage Great Britain will also operate the Royal Liver Building 360 experience, opening in Spring 2019.

The experience begins in a new visitor centre on the lower ground floor. Here, the building’s unique history starts to come to life. Visitors then continue up to the 10th and 15th floors of the 321ft building to make the most of spectacular 360° views across the city of Liverpool and River Mersey.

Image and video courtesy K2 Architects

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