By Rebecca Thomas
Liverpool Riverside was created in 1983, this merged most of Liverpool Scotland Exchange and Liverpool Toxeth units. Since its creation the district has always been represented in parliament by Labour MP’s, first Robert Parry from 1983-1997, then Louise Ellman from 1997-present day.
Highlights in L3
London Road in L3 has ‘Melo’s’ international supermarket which stocks a range of food from across the world. It is located on the same row as TJ Hughes and boasts foods from Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. They also sell jam from Syria, Italy and Greece. London road is also home to Brook Centre which provides well being and sexual health support for young people. The centre was opened by Louise Ellman in 2003 and has been a place young people can go and feel at ease about talking about issues they may have. L3 has become a vibrant student area with The Brook centre and student accommodation like X1, ‘the post office pub’ which has been converted to flats and Great Newton House.
The new Royal Hospital is also located in L3 and has faced development issues which are ongoing. It emerged in January that the construction site Carillion who are responsible for building the new hospital had gone into liquidation. The construction giant had racked up £900 million in debt. This halted work on the building which is 90% finished, but it has now become clear that the construction work would be significantly delayed and it will now be challenging for the building to be finished before the end of the year.
This means that the hospital could now open almost two years after its original handover date of March 2017. The date was then revised to February 28 this year, but Carillion then announced the handover would be delayed again. The collapse of Carillion saw hundred of Merseyside workers lose their jobs.
Crime in L3
Crime in L3 is mainly petty crime, for example there were 160 cases of shop lifting between February 2017 and January 2018. There were also 515 violent crimes and 740 cases of anti social behaviour. Considering the vast area that Liverpool Riverside covers these statistics aren’t hugely shocking.
The Albert Docks
The Albert Dock’s history dates back over 170 years to 1839. Construction of the Dock began in 1841 and the 1.25 million square feet site took five years to build and was officially open by Prince Albert on 30 July 1846. The docks were the first structure in Britain to be built entirely of cast iron, brick and stone. However, the innovations of the landmark were sadly short lived. The Dock was built to accommodate sailing ships with a cargo capacity of up to 1,000 tons. However, by the twentieth century only 7% of ships using the port were sailing ships. This led to the Albert Dock being closed in 1972.
The Dock, how many people know it today was officially re-opened by HRH Prince Charles on 24 May 1988. Since then, the Albert Dock has won a string of awards and attracted tourists from across the world.
The attractions at the Albert Dock include the Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool, International Slavery Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum also has the original ‘Great Newton Street’ sign displayed which dates back to slave trader Sir John Newton. He was a slaver trader turned evangelical preacher and abolitionist. John Newton went to sea with his father, a ship’s master, at the age of 11.
Sir John Newton died at the end of 1807, nine months after parliament had voted to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire. There is a memorial dedicated to his memory in the Pier Head Ferry Terminal building on Liverpool’s waterfront.
The Metropolitan Cathedral
The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’s history stretches for over a century and a half; Frederick Gibberd created the current design of the building. Completed in 1967 the shape of the historic building appears to resemble a crown. However, it was 20 years earlier in 1941 when the crypt of the cathedral was built and now hosts a beer festival very year. In 2012, the building was voted number 7 on the ‘worlds ugliest buildings’ by CNN and was the only British building to make the list and was compared to Optimus Prime from the Transformers. At the time it was built in the 1960’s many buildings were still, damaged old structures with a tired exterior. The Metropolitan Cathedral was a modern breath of fresh air that was very different from many architecture at the time. The building has become part of everyday life on Merseyside and many locals walk past now without a second glance up at the history looking down at them.