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UK: Prime waterfront hotel sites hit the market as Liverpool becomes hotspot tourist destination

Waterside regeneration specialist, Peel Waters, has unveiled two prime development sites along Liverpool’s iconic waterfront at Princes Dock and is actively seeking global hotel operators to bring forward the first of these developments.

A 50 year agreement to increase the number of liners coming into Liverpool Waters
A 50 year agreement to increase the number of liners coming into Liverpool Waters

The two development sites sit within Peel Waters’ emerging Liverpool Waters destination, which is already home to thousands of residents, hundreds of businesses and attracts international visitors every week through its onsite cruise liner terminal.

It is certainly Liverpool’s time in the spotlight. Last month, Liverpool was named by Which? as the UK’s best large city break destination due to its ‘buzzing atmosphere’ and its ‘fantastic cultural scene’.

The city also recently welcomed global superstar Taylor Swift, with a wide range of celebration and cultural events planned to mark the occasion. Liverpool was one of just four UK venues chosen for the sell-out international Eras Tour, bringing fans to Liverpool from across the globe. The Bascule Bridge at Liverpool Waters was also one of several locations from across Liverpool chosen and used by Taylor Swift in her self-directed video announcing her tour.

In May, Peel Waters and Peel Ports announced a 50-year agreement with Global Ports Holding Plc, the world's largest independent cruise port operator, to operate services from Liverpool Cruise Port and increase the number of liners coming into Liverpool Waters. Earlier this month, international cruise operator, Cunard, chose Liverpool as the destination for the naming ceremony and debut of its brand-new luxury cruise ship, Queen Anne, which attracted thousands of visitors to the site.

Both hotel sites are located along Liverpool’s internationally recognised waterfront, close to the city centre, the new Isle of Man Ferry terminal, and Everton Football Club’s brand new 52,000 seat stadium. These prime sites are perfectly placed to capitalise on Liverpool’s leading leisure industry; making the plots Peel Waters is bringing forward, two of the most exciting development opportunities in the UK for hotel operators and investors.

The two new developments will join a thriving Princes Dock neighbourhood with cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels, all sitting alongside hundreds of new homes and 200,000 sq ft of Grade A commercial space. Visitors to Princes Dock can also take part in open water swimming, scuba diving, canoeing, dragon boat racing and, coming soon, the traditional Nordic sauna experience, WYLD Sauna, which will be the UK’s first public floating sauna.

Liverpool is the UK’s fourth most visited city by domestic tourists and fifth most visited by international tourists. The city has a well-established tourism market and enjoys high levels of demand, outperforming the UK’s other major cities such as Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle.

Chris Capes, Director for Development at Liverpool Waters said: “There is no doubt that Liverpool is an exciting international destination, which is attracting global attention and has huge potential for the future. The regeneration of Liverpool’s historic northern docks at Liverpool Waters, is already having a huge impact on the number of visitors and tourists coming here to enjoy everything this fantastic city has to offer.

“Our masterplan for Liverpool Waters supports the opportunity for at least two new waterfront hotels to accommodate the growing number of tourists and so we are now actively looking for a hotel operator to develop this first prime waterfront site.

“We will also be very excited to bring forward the site of the current temporary cruise liner terminal once Global Ports Holdings relocates to their new terminal. This is possibly the most prominent site at Liverpool Waters and so we will be looking for something quite special that will really transform that part of Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.” 

About the hotel development sites

Site plot - A07

Sits within a prime waterfront location with a rare opportunity for a global hotel operator to purchase a freehold plot with excellent access and outline planning already secured for hotel use.

The site, originally earmarked by Liverpool City Council for the ‘Liverpool Cruise Liner Hotel’ project, is adjacent to the new Isle of Man ferry terminal and a short walk from the new Everton stadium, which also forms part of the Liverpool Waters regeneration project. It is located directly on the historic Liverpool waterfront, close to the city centre, with views across the River Mersey and to the famous “Three Graces”.

Peel Waters has brought this development site to market and has appointed commercial real estate experts, Colliers, to actively seek hotel operators and partners for this development, which will accommodate the growing number of tourists expected to visit the city over the coming years.

Site plot – A01

The site is currently being used as the temporary cruise liner terminal, which will become available for development once Global Ports Holding relocates to the new cruise liner terminal, expected to be in the next three years.

Due to its prominent location – right on the waterfront and adjacent to the Pier Head and the iconic Royal Liver Building – this is one of the most desirable sites within the Liverpool Waters regeneration project. This will create a unique opportunity for a high-quality development which will both transform the immediate area and benefit the city. Due to its prime location, discussions are already underway with hoteliers on this site. 

About Liverpool Waters

Liverpool Waters is transforming the city’s northern docks, bringing the 60-hectare site to life once again, creating a bustling, lively, attractive place to live and work across five different neighbourhoods. 

About Peel Waters

Peel Waters is a UK wide portfolio of vibrant and innovative, waterfront developments. Each site is developed to regenerate its unique waterside setting, ensuring that the area is once again a thriving, community-led, world class destination.

The Peel Waters portfolio started with the design, creation, and delivery of MediaCity at Salford Quays. The portfolio now spans over 900 acres, across six UK-wide sites, delivering large-scale regeneration projects, creating new jobs, economic growth, new homes and new public realm across the country.

As an established, trusted, partner of choice; each Peel Waters development is delivered in partnership with leading developers, designers, construction firms and investors to create new-style neighbourhoods which offer a wide variety of high-quality, sustainable homes and well-connected communities.

Peel Waters is part of the family run, Peel Group which has been operating across the UK for over 50 years.

The Peel Waters Portfolio includes:

  • Chatham Waters
  • Glasgow Waters
  • Liverpool Waters
  • Manchester Waters
  • Trafford Waters
  • Wirral Waters

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