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AFL Appointed as Lead Architect for Southport Marine Lake Events Centre

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The AFL team is delighted to announce our appointment to lead the design and development of the 1,200-capacity Marine Lake Events Centre.

The team will be providing architectural and interior design services for the £75m venue. The project is planned to feature a 1,200-capacity auditorium, exhibition space and coworking areas. An additional water, light and sound attraction will draw visitors to the lakeside. The project is to be part-funded by a £37.5m Town Deal award, with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority providing an additional £23m.

AFL will be leading a team including specialist venue consultant IPW…, project manager and cost consultant Gardiner & Theobald, and civil engineering consultants AECOM.

AFL was awarded the project through a competitive tender process, procured and managed through the NHS SBS Construction Consultancy 2 framework. The framework is open to all public bodies, providing a compliant and high-quality route to market.

"We couldn’t have hoped for a more exciting and important cultural project for the north west. Our team feels a great sense of responsibility for the heritage of this world-famous promenade – the new multi-purpose centre will be a modern complement to this history, while establishing Southport as a vibrant visitor destination. It’s a very exciting prospect."
Marcel Ridyard, Senior Associate, AFL Architects
"We could not be more thrilled to be the chosen architects for this project, working with Sefton Council and their development partners. We believe people are brought together by shared experiences and active involvement in their communities. This project embodies both – a flexible, multi-purpose venue that is steeped in dialogue and engagement with the people who will benefit most.

The sustainability of these highly flexible venues is borne out by the evidence – these are regenerative, revitalising developments that attract visitors and bring life back into town centres. We now have a massive responsibility to Southport and the wider Merseyside area to create something incredible and energising for Marine Lake."
John Roberts, Director

Image credit: HOK feasibility study


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