PORTUGUESE DELEGATION VISITS LIVERPOOL WATERS
1 February 2017
A Portuguese delegation from Lisbon embarked on Liverpool Waters in January, to forge links and explore new forms of mutual collaboration between the two cities.
Representatives from Lisbon South Bay, an urban regeneration project that plans to transform the Portuguese capital’s waterfront, were welcomed to Princes Dock as part of a two-day visit.
Liverpool Waters played host to the 11-strong delegation which included a meeting between representatives from the Lisbon South Bay project, Marketing Liverpool and Peel.
The delegates visited Princes Dock to share knowledge and expertise on the urban regeneration process, whilst also taking inspiration from the success of the Liverpool Waters’ scheme. The group also discussed possible forms of collaboration between Liverpool and Lisbon, with both cities sharing a heavy industrial history as two of Europe’s key trading ports.
The Lisbon South Bay project aims to redevelop and promote the former industrial areas on the south bank of the River Tagus. Focused on the requalification of three riverside areas – Barreiro Business Park, Seixal Business Park and the Water City (Almada) – the project aims to make the Lisbon Metropolitan area more competitive.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Andertson said: “It’s been fantastic to welcome the delegates from Lisbon, particularly as they have chosen Liverpool due to the city’s success in developing its waterfront.
“This is a direct result of the Waterfront Forum we hosted last year, which was created to encourage and improve collaboration and knowledge sharing between waterfront cities, and at this point Lisbon and Liverpool face similar challenges. I know the group have had a very productive visit, and I hope this is the start of a mutually beneficial relationship between the two cities.”
During their visit, the delegates also met Wirral Council representatives to discuss developments at the Wirral Waters scheme