Liverpool £1.5bn regeneration project announced

Artist's impression of North Dock Liverpool redevelopment Image copyright Liverpool City Council
Image caption Plans for Kings Dock include an ice rink, extreme sports complex, restaurants and family homes

A £1.5bn project to regenerate parts of Liverpool could generate thousand of jobs, the council has said.

The plans include building an Olympic standard ice rink in Kings Dock and a television studio and music venue in Lime Street.

If approved, the city council estimates 12,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs will be created.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said it was a "key project" that will ensure the city has a "sustainable future".

The regeneration of Kings Dock would also involve building a sports complex with a BMX and skateboard park, as well as restaurants and family homes.

A hotel, cinema, shops and accommodation for mature students would be built in Lime Street and parts of Mount Pleasant.

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Image caption Planning applications could be submitted in early 2015, the council said

Mr Anderson said: "Lime Street has been an area which was forgotten for far too long.

"It is one of the first things visitors to our city see when they step off the train and I am committed to transforming this into the gateway our world-class city deserves."

The new plans are in the initial development stages and planning applications could be submitted early in 2015.

The way the project will be funded will be decided once the plans are finalised, Liverpool City Council said.

A £260m proposal to regenerate the Anfield area was announced by the city council in June last year.

It involves expanding Liverpool FC's stadium and building new housing, a business hub and an avenue through Stanley Park, ending in a new public square.

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