The world-famous Albert Dock is today being renamed The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool after winning recognition from the Queen for its history and its role in regenerating the city.
And dock bosses say the name change could be a “game changer” that could help the dock get even more attention from around the world.
They applied for Royal status for the dock ahead of 2021, when they will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the dock’s opening by Prince Albert.
The dock – home to the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country – had fallen into dereliction before it was rescued in the 1980s and transformed by Leonard Eppel and Arrowcroft.
Plans are now under way to bring new life to the dock ahead of the anniversary, bringing in new shops and food outlets to make it a more attractive place to visit for locals and visitors. A new welcome pavilion is also set to be built at the main entrance to the dock, off The Strand.
[Blogger’s note – the excellent ‘Beatles Story’ exhibition centre is in the Royal Albert Dock