Photos showing progress on the construction of the Liverpool Canal Link, May 2008. [Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4., Page 5.]
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These photos cover the route of the new canal link in sections, from south to north, from Canning Dock to Trafalgar Dock.
The construction of a canal route right across the Pier Head area had to be carefully planned, as access routes to the new Cruise Liner facility, ferry terminal and buildings needed to be maintained, and work at the southern end of the site has had to be co-ordinated with the new museum construction. Sections of tunnel were constructed in separate phases, so that, once complete, they were covered over and the access routes moved to go across them. The remaining sections of the canal link were then built.
The canal link will pass through the tunnel under the Museum and emerge at the Pier Head.
At the Pier Head, the canal link will run into an open arena overlooked by the Port of Liverpool Building and the new Museum of Liverpool.
Looking across the Pier Head, with the "Three Graces" on the right.
Alongside the canal will be ramps and tiered stone seating, allowing visitors to sit and overlook the canal.
The first section of railing has been bolted into place.
The plain concrete walls of the canal channel above water level are being faced with textured blocks to give the effect of dressed stone.
In front of the Cunard Building (right), the canal link will pass through another tunnel, emerging again in front of the Liver Building.
Over the tunnel will be an area of grass. This plinth has been re-built above the new tunnel, ready for the statue of Edward VII mounted on his horse to be returned.