Press Release


4 January 2017

Drawings dating back 200 years of Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront have been discovered.

More than 3,500 designs of the old Mersey Docks and Harbour company site dating back as early as the mid-1800s have been found in archives at Liverpool Waters.

They show the sub-surface level of the docks and the original foundations of old buildings that once towered above the River Mersey, stretching from Bramley-Moore Dock to Nelson Dock.

Detailed in the drawings is the history of the construction that took place on the docks when Liverpool’s international maritime trade was world-famous and prosperous.

Liverpool Waters asked consulting engineers Curtins to evaluate the drawings and they will be used as a blueprint for future planning in the area.

A team of five chartered engineers spent more than three months sifting through each individual file to create a digital interactive map, covering over 60 hectares.

The map will now be used to form a better understanding of future projects on Liverpool Waters land.

Ian Pollitt, development investment surveyor at Liverpool Waters, said: “These documents provide a unique insight in to the docks and invaluable information for future developments at Liverpool Waters.

“With these details to hand, we will be able to plan potential schemes to a previously impossible detail, ensuring the long term security of the Liverpool Waters property.”

Tim Bingham, director and chartered engineer at Curtins, said: “Putting these pieces together was like one giant puzzle. Of the 3,500 documents found, we narrowed it down to 200 microfiches which paint an incredible picture of the Liverpool Waters docklands. 

“It is fantastic for Curtins to be involved with this project and to see a proud part of Liverpool’s heritage immortalised in this format, ensuring its legacy for years to come.”