New images released for £75million Southport waterfront site


With public consultation starting on Thursday, Sefton Council has unveiled further CGIs showing what the future Marine Lake Events Center could look like.

Manchester-based architect AFL designed the space, which would include a cafe, restaurant, theatre, entertainment space and conference room. The auditorium would have a capacity of 1,200 people.

The center would also have a water and light show attraction, which the council hopes will attract thousands of visitors each year.

Funds for the project come from the Towns Fund and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Credit: via Sefton Council

AFL’s work on the project draws on HOK Architects’ preliminary designs for the center. The project team also includes civil engineers AECOM, site consultant IPW and Gardiner & Theobald as project manager and cost consultant.

The £75m project is being funded in part by Sefton’s £37.5m prize from the government’s Towns Fund. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority contributed £2.3m to the scheme.

The center’s auditorium will have a capacity of 1,200 people. Credit: via Sefton Council

Liverpool City Area Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “Southport holds a special place in the hearts of so many in our city region and beyond as a favorite destination for families for outings and holidays. The city has entertained generations of visitors since its existence.

“We want to build on this legacy and ensure that Southport can continue to thrive and attract visitors for many years to come, giving a massive boost to local businesses and creating safe, good quality jobs. »

Rotheram described the Marine Lake Event Center as the start of a new chapter in Southport’s history. “I, for one, can’t wait to see what the future holds,” Rotheram said.

The center will replace the old Southport Theater and Convention Centre. Credit: via Sefton Council

The Marine Lake Event Center would replace the Southport Theater and Convention Center, which closed in 2020. It would be located off the Promenade by Marine Lake.

Consultation for the Marine Lake Event Center runs Thursday through June 10. More information can be found at


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