Why Invest in Liverpool?
Liverpool is a city on the up. With an ambitious range of urban regeneration initiatives providing a catalyst for change, Liverpool is playing a leading role in the Northern Powerhouse. Developments such as the £5.6 billion Liverpool Waters and the £350 million Liverpool2 port expansion are creating a magnet for national and overseas investment.
The city’s renowned academic network, anchored by the £1 billion Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, ensures it continues to attract the brightest talent. Much loved as the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is a beacon of art and culture, with more museums and galleries than anywhere outside London. Great theatres, an iconic waterfront and famous cathedrals attract thousands of visitors each year.
In 2014, Rough Guides voted Liverpool as the world’s third best city to visit. Liverpool is also among the UK’s leading retail destinations and is home to the nation’s largest open-air shopping centre, the £1 billion Liverpool ONE. Combine this with the indie culture coursing through Bold Street and the Baltic Triangle and you can see why the city has become so popular with young professionals.
In 2017, both Private Finance and Totallymoney.com ranked Liverpool as number one in the UK for buy to let yields; the city is now proving more and more popular with investors who are setting their sights away from London in favour of up-and-coming northern cities.
History and Culture
Liverpool’s Albert Dock is situated in a World Heritage Site waterfront and is ripe with history and culture. The dock’s lofty colonnades and columns make up the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country, which stand proud over the River Mersey. Today, the Albert Dock offers a boundless array of things to do and see for visitors. From Tate Liverpool, one of the 4 Tate art galleries in England, to the award-winning Beatles Story, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.
Entertainment, Food & Drink
All this history and culture is just a short walk from Liverpool ONE, a £1 billion open-air shopping and leisure complex, and Liverpool Echo Arena, a waterfront entertainment venue offering the very best of live music, comedy performances and sporting events. When it comes to food and drink, whether it’s coffee or cocktails, the Albert Dock has it all – from quaint cafés and bistros to atmospheric comedy clubs and waterfront restaurants. By night, the dock is illuminated by the glow of Victorian street lamps and twinkling city lights, setting the stage for the its bustling nightlife.
Sefton Park and Lark Lane
Classified as a Grade I listed park by English Heritage, Sefton Park is a magnificent 235-acre park, which is much loved by locals and visitors alike. The park is a Green Flag and Green Heritage awarded site characterised by its vast winding paths and historic boating lake.
The park features caves and cascading waterfalls, along with a number of statues and monuments, including the Grade II listed Shaftesbury Memorial and Eros Fountain. The bandstand, popular since the Victorian era, is said to be the inspiration for The Beatles’ song, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
At the heart of Sefton Park is Liverpool’s famous Palm House, a glasspanelled Victorian building that has been restored. Inside is the Liverpool Botanical Collection, one of the oldest horticultural collections in Britain.
From artisan fairs to tea dances, there’s always something to do at the Palm House.
Just a stone’s throw away from Sefton Park is Liverpool’s popular Lark Lane, a bohemian haven of cafés, bars and independent shops. If you’re planning on visiting Sefton Park, Lark Lane is ideal for a spot of retail therapy, lunch or dinner.
The street is a hive of community activity, lined with pubs and with restaurants serving a wide range of cuisine from countries all over the world.
The Baltic Triangle is one of Liverpool’s most cutting edge and fastgrowing areas, pumping new life into previously abandoned warehouses.
A vibrant mixed-use destination, the Baltic is at the heart of city’s independent scene – home to quirky bars, music venues and a number of digital and creative businesses.
Just a 15-minute walk from Liverpool ONE, the area is home to Camp and Furnace, a venue ranked second in The Times’ 20 Coolest Restaurants in Britain – characterised by open log fires, vintage caravans, bare bulbs and street food. Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Music Week and Liverpool Psych Fest have all hosted their events there.
The Baltic Market has been a sensation since it opened in July 2017, bringing in over 100,000 visitors in one weekend. There, you can experience local pop-up food supplied by local chefs and restaurants. In addition, the Baltic Triangle is home to Liverpool’s Lantern Theatre, an intimate theatre dedicated to local talent, staging new and classic drama, concerts and comedy performances.
There are a myriad of plans currently in progress. In the summer of 2015, a development with 300+ apartments sold for more than £50 million – one of the largest private rental development transactions completed outside London.
This trend of regeneration in the Baltic Triangle is both exciting and necessary in order to cope with the influx of students and tenants who want to live in the area.