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Royal Albert Dock Pavilion

Welcome and interpretation centre


  • Liverpool


  • RIBA Stages 0-2


  • Lead Designer


  • £1.7m


Gower Street Estates

National historical significance as the world’s first modern wet dock system.

Our pavilion celebrates 175 years since the dock’s construction and is the first building to be proposed since the estate became the centrepiece of Liverpool’s former UNESCO World Heritage Listing.

The Royal Albert Dock has enormous national historical significance as the world’s first modern wet dock system. Following the collapse of trade in the 1960’s the docks have been reinvented as the UK’s most visited tourist attraction outside of London with over 4 million visitors a year.

Situated at the entrance to the Salthouse Dock, our pavilion design is intended to become a welcome and interpretation centre, forming the interface between modern and historic Liverpool. The building is carefully orientated to respect and reinforce sightlines between old and new, supported by a sensitive pallet of materials and colours and a unique minimalist structure designed by Arup.

K2 demonstrated an excellent understanding of client and end-user requirements. They were respectful of the unique heritage and historic built environment of Royal Albert Dock while understanding the need for improvements to the visitor experience. They have consistently given clear advice and guidance, showing high standards of professionalism, honesty, and integrity.

Sue Grindrod
Former Chief Executive, Gower Street Estates