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River and Music Festivals

The Colonnades residents are looking forward to the River and Music Festivals here at the waterfront and we will be expecting to welcome large numbers of visitors. These are the traffic arrangements just received from Liverpool City Council.

International Mersey River Festival:  Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 June 2014 (11am – 5pm)

Music on the Waterfront: Fri 13 (6.30pm–10.30pm), Sat 14 (1pm–7pm), Sun 15 (12pm–5pm)

Liverpool’s waterfront will be the focus of the International Mersey River Festival incorporating Music on the Waterfront.

The event will take place at the Albert Dock, Pier Head and Princes Parade. There will also be a service at St Nicholas Church where the ships company will march from Princess Parade to St Nicholas Church on Friday 13 June.

To enable the event to take place safely we have had to implement the following road closures:

Friday 13 June

Pier Head, Canada Boulevard, Water St, Brunswick St and St Nicolas Place – 4.00pm – 12.00 midnight. Pay and display bays will be suspended in Brunswick St and Water St to allow for additional toilets to be situated from Friday morning.

Princes Parade – 10 minutes on two occasions between 1.30pm – 4.00pm (to allow the Ship’s Company to march across The Strand).

Saturday 14 June

Albert Dock/Princes Parade: 10.00am – 6.00pm

Pier Head, Canada Boulevard, Water St, Brunswick St and St Nicolas Place,10.00am – 8.00pm

Sunday 15 June

Albert Dock, 9.00am – 7.00pm

Pier Head, Canada Boulevard, Water St, Brunswick St and St Nicolas Place and Princes Parade 10.00am – 6.00pm

The following arrangements have been put in place to assist:

Albert Dock – Gower St and Kings Parade will remain open and there will be a steward to maintain residents access. These areas will only be closed in the event of an emergency.

Mann Island Development – Mann Island will remain open and access for residents will remain the same.

Museum of Liverpool – Museum disabled parking will be at Brunswick Street by prior arrangement through Museum Reception.

Mersey Ferry Terminal / Matou – Pedestrian access will be maintained, please ensure deliveries are made outside the road closure times.

Crown Plaza / IOM Steampacket – Access will be maintained via St Nicholas Place.

Taxi’s (St Nicholas Place) – Will relocate at the pay and display car park at the beginning of St Nicholas Place.

Liver Building – Access to car parks will be maintained for regular permit holders but access will be through the road closure, please have your building access pass available in your car.

Cunard Building – Access to car park will be via Water Street through the road closure, please have proof that you are a permit holder in your vehicle.

Port of Liverpool Building – Mann Island will remain open so no changes.

Princes Parade Businesses – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June

Access will be given to your car parks before 10.00am. Unfortunately due to the expected numbers attending the event it may be difficult for you to leave until after 6.00pm, there will be alternative parking arrangements available by prior arrangement. Please note that we will endeavour to maintain access for Royal Mail, if this is unsafe to do we will get the post van as close to your business as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your co-operation, if you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact myself or Susan McAdam.

We would advise all businesses to arrange deliveries outside the road closure times.

For a downloadable brochure on the event

Albert Dock wins Civic Society Award


Winners of the Merseyside Civic Society’s Quentin Hughes Awards, from left to right, Canon Anthony O’Brien, Dean of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Chris Bliss, Liverpool ONE Estate director at Grosvenor, and David Roscoe, chairman of the Albert Dock Residents Assocation

Three of Liverpool’s greatest landmarks from different eras were celebrated with special civic awards.

The restored Albert Dock, the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool One shopping centre were each presented with the Quentin Hughes Award as part of the Merseyside Civic Society 75th Anniversary Awards.

These three spectacular properties were recognised for their outstanding architecture and significance in Liverpool’s history, said Society chairman Dr Peter Brown.

They were each chosen as the exemplary project for the period of the three successive quarter centuries of the society’s existence. It was formed in 1938.

The awards celebrate the contribution of Dr Brown’s predecessor, Prof Quentin Hughes, Military Cross and bar, as society chairman from 1995 to 2000.

Prof Hughes, born in Newsham Park, was an SAS founder member, lectured at Liverpool University School of Architecture, set up the Royal School of Architecture in Malta, helped secure Liverpool’s World Heritage Site status and wrote Seaport, the definitive Liverpool architecture book.

Dr Brown said: “The Society judges unanimously believe that all of three award winners exemplify their period’s positive contribution to the city’s evolution and attractiveness.

“They also add to the city’s history, tourism, retail and business sectors, plus look forward to the future of the city.”

For the building period 1938-63, Canon Anthony O’Brien accepted the award for the RC Metropolitan Cathedral, and said: “This recognises the bravery of those who chose to abandon the traditional cathedral plans and with a very modern design, very much of its time, but in spite of criticism back then it has become a timeless piece.”

The 1964-88 period award for the Albert Dock restoration marked the revival by public investment and private development of a very large building threatened with demolition.

David Roscoe, Albert Dock residents’ association chairman, said: “It’s now truly integrated into Liverpool and is a key part of a magnificent city.”

Liverpool One, representing the 1989-2013 period, was praised for departing from the modern shopping centre template and instead reconnects with the historic street pattern.

Chris Bliss, Liverpool One estates chief, said: “It’s a huge honour.

“A great number of people have been involved behind the scheme and we’re still in the delivery phase. I’m glad Liverpool One is recognised as somewhere which takes people back to the grass roots of the city as well as its appeal as a modern shopping centre.”

Residents visit to Albert Dock Bars and Restaurants

Residents 6 RSOn the 20th February a group of residents accepted a very generous invitation from the Bars and Restaurants around the Albert Dock to visit and sample their fare. It was an enormously enjoyable evening and a special thank you the managements and staff of all venues for hosting us and to Rachael Bampton Smith, the Marketing and Events Advisor to the Albert Dock for organising the evening.

The  bars and restaurants visited were

What’s Cooking? Bar and Grill, PanAm Bar and Restaurant, The Smugglers Cove, Circo, Miller & Carter Steakhouse, Spice Lounge, Revolution, Blue Bar & Grill, Gusto

End of an Era

SONY DSCOn February 28th the OCS contract for security at the Colonnades came to an end. To thank our two loyal and long serving guards the residents gathered in reception at 6:30 pm. In a short address the Chairman of the Residents Association said “it is impossible to put into a few words our gratitude for so many years of loyal service”. Both of them are moving onto jobs of their choice and are looking forward to the challenge of something new. We all wish them every success for the future.

Thank you Sean and Derek

Kings Parade Closure




Tuesday 4th – Friday 7th March

Kings Parade will be completely closed for the four days above.

The closure is due to essential works connected with the new exhibition centre and hotel at Kings Dock.

A traffic steward will be provided at the end of Gower Street at Kings Dock expense to direct traffic and to ensure that our Service Road is not used as a turning area

Plans for 2014

There are a number of projects being planned for 2014 to refurbish and improve the Colonnades Apartments common areas,

  1. The Service road is to be resurfaced.
  2. A partial redecoration of the corridors will take place with further redecoration to be done on a rolling programme in future years.
  3. LED lighting and light intensity reduction during quiet periods to be installed in garage.
  4. Lift renovation and reliability improvements.
  5. Redesign of Reception area.

This is a full programme and is subject to availability funds but the Residents Association is committed to making significant progress during the year.