Southport's Lord Street Unveiled

29 October 2008

The £4m refurbishment of Southport’s famous Lord Street has been completed.

The Mayor of Sefton - Cllr Paul Tweed - was joined by comedy legend Ken Dodd in unveiling a commemorative plaque as part of a gala celebration in front of nearly 600 onlookers and local dignitaries.

A team from Capita Symonds designed, supervised and project managed the redevelopment on behalf of Sefton Council’s Planning Department.

Lord Street has long been hailed as one of Britain's finest boulevards, running straight and wide for almost a mile and featuring shops with Victorian glass topped canopies as well as gardens, fountains and classical buildings.

The project, which was devised in consultation with Southport’s residents, businesses and visitors, was designed to recapture Lord Street’s original Victorian style and elegance and is part of a Sefton Council masterplan to regenerate the town.

The revamp involved a major refurbishment of public spaces, pavements and gardens along the popular boulevard (including a brand new garden area), major repairs to the War Memorial pavilions, and the restoration of the nearby fountains.

Sefton Council was awarded £3.6 million to carry out the final phase of improvements to Lord Street by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, European Objective One, the Merseyside Local Transport Plan and other contributions.