Festival Gardens

Festival Gardens

Cultivated to become the UK’s first garden festival site, back in 1984, The International Festival Garden concept was originally designed to wow green-fingered enthusiasts from all over the world.

To this day, the site is still a beautiful place, one that is soon set to reach its full potential as a new 22-arcre waterfront residential community – An inclusive, thriving, sustainable new neighbourhood for South Liverpool, with a strong identity surrounded by a stunning landscape.

  • Land can accommodate up to 1,500 units and supporting community facilities
  • Waterfront site just three miles from Liverpool City Centre
  • A unique development opportunity surrounded by oriental gardens
  • A beautiful site in the heart of a historic Liverpool landmark
Festival Gardens is an iconic Liverpool waterfront location with a rich history and exciting future. Through this development, we are bringing to life our vision of creating a brand new community, with a range of housing types and tenures, ancillary facilities and a high-quality, desirable public realm area. We are working to future-proof this land and make sure it’s fit for purpose for generations to come.
Councillor Nick Small
Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Growth and Economy

The Liverpool Festival Gardens site, which lies just 3 miles to the south of the city centre, is split into three distinct zones:

Development Zone – 28 acres incorporating the former ‘Pleasure Island’ dome, plaza and waterfront bund

The Gardens – 25 acres of Oriental Gardens set around a sizeable landscaped mound with large surface car park remaining from Festival Gardens

Southern Grasslands – 37 acres of former Festival Gardens land that has self-seeded

The Development Zone, part of which was a former landfill site, once formed part of the International Garden Festival celebrations launched by Queen Elizabeth II in 1984.

  • Festival Gardens provide scenic surroundings to the development area
  • CGI Artist Impression of what the Festival Gardens development could look like
  • Unique 22-acre opportunity for residential development

In November 2023, Liverpool’s Festival Gardens development zone reached a further major milestone in its transformational journey, with the work to remediate the land being completed, following a two-year excavation programme.

Liverpool City Council is now seeking to appoint a multidisciplinary consultant team to assist them in creating a development brief for the residential led development of the disused land. You can find out more about this opportunity HERE.

Festival Gardens has the potential to be an exemplar development driven by best practice, creativity and innovation in design and sustainability, minimising whole life-cycle costs and carbon emissions, and being resilient to climate change.

Find out more

Download the full Liverpool Property Opportunities brochure.


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