The team set to transform Liverpool’s historic Canning Dock has been chosen following a competition launched by National Museums, Liverpool with funding support from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Merseyside Civic Society welcomes the appointment of a team of architects led by Asif Khan and David Adjaye which also includes Nigerian architect Mariam Kamara and US installation artist Theaster Gates.

Canning dock is the heart of Liverpool’s historic waterfront and former World Heritage Site. Originally opened in 1737, it served ships transporting slaves across the Atlantic in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

National Museums Liverpool (NML), which is leading the project, is overseeing a 10-year masterplan to reimagine the waterfront.

The scheme will look for ways to bring the history of the slave trade into the public realm through “compelling and sensitive” designs which engage and represent Liverpool’s black communities.

Adjaye said the work will be an opportunity to “powerfully reformulate the history of Liverpool through re-invigorating the diverse social, civic and environmental context of the city”.

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