The Royal Albert Dock

Good News for Liverpool as the Albert Dock is granted a royal title to mark its role in the city's maritime history. The Grade I listed site will become known as Royal Albert Dock following a ceremony at Tate Liverpool on Wednesday.

The Albert Dock is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses in Liverpool, England. Designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick, It was officially opened by Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert on 30 July 1846. It was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood. As a result, it was the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world. Today the Albert Dock is a major tourist attraction in the city and the most visited multi-use attraction in the United Kingdom, outside London.

The Albert Dock was given Grade I listed status in 1952 but was left abandoned. It was redeveloped in 1984 when the first phase was completed. Two years later the Merseyside Maritime Museum opened on the site, followed by Tate Liverpool in 1988.

The new status was sought in advance of the 175th anniversary plans in 2021. Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said the royal recognition "solidifies the significance of the dock".

The announcement was greeted at a special event held today (June 6, 2018) at Tate Liverpool, where The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Peter Woods Esq DL, handed over official notice of Royal status. Hosted by The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and Aberdeen Standard Investments, civic leaders gathered to hear about how the Dock is responding to the 2017 Heseltine Institute report, which highlighted recommendations for the long-term future of this much-loved destination attraction. Professor Michael Parkinson facilitated the event, with the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram and Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar, as special guests.

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