Albert Dock, Liverpool

Albert Dock, Liverpool

Engineering to save the Albert Dock from demolition, followed by 40 years of continuous involvement.

Mixed Use Regeneration - North West

Project Overview

The Albert Dock, including both The Tate Gallery and Maritime Museum, was originally constructed in 1839. Our involvement began with extensive investigations of the then derelict dock buildings in 1983 and since then we have had over 40 years of continuous commissions. 

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Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures
  • Conservation & HeritageConservation & Heritage

Client:

Arrowcroft, Merseyside Development Corporation

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The Challenge

The derelict buildings at the dock were under threat for demolition in the 1980s

Our Solution

Our involvement started with Bill Curtin who passionately wished to protect and regenerate the dock buildings, which remain the UK’s largest group of Grade I listed buildings. We undertook extensive investigations of the then derelict dock buildings in 1983, establishing the requirements for major repair and renewals and subsequently saving them.

Full scale load testing of floors, roofs and foundations proved the potential for retention of the historic building structures, whilst significant repairs and sensitive alterations have converted the buildings into major tourist attractions in three major contracts. We continue to provide structural advice for exhibit loadings on floors, and for the maintenance / repair of the historic iron work, timber and masonry.

Project Highlights

Project Highlights

  • Full scale load testing of floors, roofs, and foundations proved the potential for retention of the historic building structures.

  • Significant repairs and sensitive alterations have transformed the estate into a major tourist attraction.

  • UK's largest group of Grade I listed buildings

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