The city of Liverpool: past, present and future

The Liverpool City region is mostly known for its top-quality football teams, the fab four and its thriving culture. In the last decade or so it has transformed into one of the most lucrative cities in England and continues to go from strength to strength.  

To understand how this northern city got where it is today, take a look at its journey through the past, present and future. 


One of the biggest attractions is its rich maritime history, which is what hailed it as one of the locations listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can find out everything you need to know about the cities history in its multitude of museums, where you can even explore the world’s first commercial wet dock – Liverpool Old Dock which opened in 1715. This paved Liverpool’s fortune, as it enabled them to embark on overseas trade and become the prosperous city it is today. The old dock now lays under what is known as Liverpool One. This was opened in 2008, the same year Liverpool was named the European Capital of Culture. This outdoor shopping center is now a massive attraction in the North-West for both residents and visitors who flock to the city center to browse the plethora of high-street brands and enjoy local eateries. 


The contemporary and modern city has benefited from a significant amount of regeneration throughout the city. This has resulted in the transformation of wasteland and abandoned buildings into high-quality commercial and residential spaces. There is still ongoing work in areas such as the Baltic Triangle, which was once established as an industrial area is now home to an abundance of event space such as the Baltic Market, Camp and Furnace, and Constellations. This has drawn visitors to the area and has peaked property developers interests, making the Baltic Triangle one of the most sought after area to live in Liverpool. Companies like RW-Invest have also recognised its potential and currently, have a number of off-plan developments in this prime location that have either completed or are set to be finished soon.


There is a bright future ahead for the city, with initiatives such as the Liverpool Waters Project which is a £5.5 billion development that is set to transform Liverpool’s historical docklands into a thriving hub of residential, commercial and leisure spaces. Liverpool city council also has plans in place in the form of the Ten Streets campaign which involves ten big ideas, including job creation, quality housing, unique leisure spaces and more which will be implemented while also maintaining Liverpool’s cultural heritage. The local city council have also submitted their spatial regeneration framework which has recently been improved. This includes improved transport links with a new Merseyrail line expected to be implemented on the waterfront, which will massively improve Liverpool residents’ commutes. To accommodate commuters and city centre visitors, there are talks of improving walkways for pedestrians and cyclists, which should resolve any central congestion issues in and around the city.