October 13, 2017
Planning Consultants at Cass Associates have submitted an application for full planning permission to Liverpool City Council for a 44-berth marina at Brunswick Dock.
Opened in 1832, Brunswick Dock was originally used for the timber trade before being used for transporting grain when boat sizes increased beyond the capacity of the dock. The dock was closed in 1975 but opened again in 1987. It is currently home to Liverpool Marina and The Royal Navy Headquarters (RNHQ) Merseyside.
Liverpool Marina has been based at Brunswick Dock and Coburg Dock for more than 30 years and hosts 350 berths for luxury yachts, power boats, sailing yachts, canal boats and other vessels.
The Marina is particularly popular due to its accessibility to both the River Mersey and the Leeds Liverpool Canal. The varied use of Liverpool Marina has resulted in an increase in demand for berths from different users. The new marina will provide moorings for up to 44 canal boats, freeing up space in the main marina for coastal, open water vessels.
Vessels become a weekend pied‐à‐terre to enjoy everything that the city has to offer. Many of these users choose to enjoy a day out to Hilbre Island or North Wales; and slightly longer passages to Northern Ireland and Scotland.
There are a number of activities based at the existing marina, including a yacht club, sailing club and canoe club. More information on the services currently offered can be found at on the Liverpool Marina webpage.
The proposed marina, which includes a dedicated facilities building, will be based in the underused southern basin of Brunswick Dock and accessed from land via Brunswick Way, however a water taxi pick-up and drop-off point is included in the plans and will allow connectivity from the marina to the wider dock area without the need to go ashore.
Liverpool’s waterfront has undergone significant changes in recent years with much more still to come. The need for the proposed marina shows the success of the city in attracting tourists and will provide unique accommodation in the heart of the city.