Portugese delegation comes to learn from Liverpool’s waterfront transformation

Visit, organised by property agency GVA, saw a 14-strong party from Lisbon South Bay arrive in the city to meet with political leaders and businesses.

A Portugese delegation meets with business and political leaders in Liverpool
A Portugese delegation meets with business and political leaders in Liverpool

Liverpool has welcomed a delegation from Portugal keen to learn more about our successful waterfront regeneration.

The visit, organised by property agency GVA, saw a 14-strong party from Lisbon South Bay arrive in the city to meet with political leaders and businesses.

The delegation represents partners involved in the promotion and development of major urban regeneration project Lisbon South Bay.

They used the trip to develop their thinking around their schemes as well as building further relationships with Liverpool and Wirral.

During their stay, delegates including Mayor of the city of Barreiro, Carlos Humberto, spent time with the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson and Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Phil Davies.

They discussed and viewed some of the major projects taking place either side of the River Mersey, including Peel’s Liverpool Waters and Wirral Waters presented by project directors Lindsey Ashworth and Richard Mawdsley respectively, as well as ACC Liverpool, Albert Dock and Titanic Hotel.

Stephen Cowperthwaite, regional senior director at GVA Liverpool said: “From the growth that Liverpool has experienced in recent years, we’ve seen first-hand that investment into waterfront developments can bring far reaching economic benefits to the city region.

“It has been fantastic to host this visit and showcase our city region to an international audience and prove what a top-class model we have here.

“There is still much more to achieve and it is exciting to be involved with new developments that will continue to shape both sides of the River Mersey, changing the face of the Liverpool city region”.

Lisbon South Bay is an urban regeneration project promoted by Baía do Tejo (public company) and the Municipal Councils of Almada, Barreiro and Seixal for the development and promotion of former industrial areas on the south bank of the River Tejo.

Sérgio Saraiva, executive board member for Baía do Tejo, said: “We see a lot of similarities between what Liverpool is doing and what we’re trying to achieve.

“During the 1990s we experienced the closing of some large industrial facilities in Lisbon South Bay that left significant brownfield areas that we are currently regenerating.

“The great work done on the Liverpool Waterfront is an inspiring model and our vision is to transform the Lisbon Metropolitan Area into a great metropolis.”

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