Photos showing progress on the construction of the Liverpool Canal Link, May 2007. [Page 1, Page 2.]
Looking across the uncovered river wall toward the Liver Building.
Looking south along the route of the canal link across the Pier Head, past the Port of Liverpool Building, with the warehouses of Albert Dock in the distance.
In front of the Port of Liverpool Building, the canal will be open, with steps leading down to the water side. At Mann Island, the canal link will bend to the left into a tunnel (which will be below the black railings) under the new Museum of Liverpool, and head towards Canning Dock.
In the area excavated in the previous photo, the site of the former Chester Basin, a number of carved stones were discovered. These have been identified as coming from the old 1673 Liverpool Town Hall, demolished to make way for the existing Town Hall in the 1750s. The stones had been used in what appears to have been a temporary retaining wall while the Pier Head area was being infilled. These carved stones are going to Liverpool Museum.
Looking from Mann Island towards Canning Dock. The concrete is being poured for the walls of this section of canal tunnel. Beyond the structure for the new tunnel, part of the remains of the buried Manchester Dock can be seen. The link will turn to the left, towards the shed in line with the Anglican Cathedral. This shed will be demolished to make way for a lock into Canning Dock.
Looking back towards Mann Island. Concrete is being poured into the shuttering containing steel reinforcements to form the side walls to this section of tunnel that will take the canal link from Mann Island to Canning Dock. When the tunnel is completed, the new Museum of Liverpool will be constructed across this site.
Part of the stonework of the dock side of Manchester Dock, which has been uncovered on the site for the Museum of Liverpool.
Manchester Dock, when it was excavated in February, in preparation for the site of the new Museum of Liverpool. Photo courtesy of Kev