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Bid to turn Toxteth reservoir into major tourist attraction

REVAMP: Inside Toxteth reservoir

PLANS ARE being developed to turn an abandoned Toxteth reservoir into a landmark tourist attraction.

Regeneration group Dingle 2000 has a master plan to turn the High Park Street reservoir in Toxteth into a massive exhibition space complete with a rooftop garden and glass pyramid similar to that seen at the Louvre in Paris.

The grade II listed reservoir has been empty since it was decommissioned by United Utilities in 1997. It once stored around three million gallons of water which was pumped to houses across Liverpool.

Dingle 2000 has now submitted a grant application for its transformation and if successful, will apply for planning permission with the aim of opening the reservoir building in the latter half of next year.

The plan is to bring the grand space with its dozens of iron columns and high ceilings into use for exhibitions, farmers markets, local businesses and music events.

Public tours of the reservoir as part of Heritage Open Days have attracted up to 500 people in one day, so Dingle 2000 believe the scheme would attract the interest needed to make it a success.

Architect Richard Cass, a key member of the regeneration group, said: “You’ll be able to see the pyramid from Wirral and North Wales, we want it to be a beacon.

You could do some stunning things lighting it. I want this place to be somewhere that if you come to Liverpool you have to come and see.”

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