Six potential ideas to transform part of Liverpool city centre’s waterfront have been shortlisted as part of a decade-long plan.

National Museums Liverpool, which runs museums on the waterfront including the Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum, announced a proposal in January for a wider redesign of part of the area between the Albert Dock and Mann Island.

It owns a number of other buildings in the area and is looking to open them up to the public and use them more effectively.

Central to the proposals will be a revamp of the former Dock Traffic Office, now called the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building, once the home of Granada Television.

The first phase of the competition, launched in April, saw more than thirty teams submit their ideas for how the waterfront could look.

The project addresses a number of aspects of the Canning Dock waterfront, including a public art strategy and the establishment of pedestrian bridges between Mann Island and Hartley quay, the Graving docks and North shed.

The six shortlisted teams were selected by the judging panel, chaired by Paul Monaghan, Liverpool City Region Design Champion and Founder of AHMM and including local representatives as well as industry experts.

Mr Monaghan, said the shortlisted entries were made up of teams both from Liverpool and across the world.

He said: “The standard of entries for the competition were of a very high calibre which made shortlisting very difficult. However, the final six shortlisted teams range from international to local, established to up-and-coming, and all the teams showed great diversity in their team members. I am looking forward to seeing what the shortlisted team produce for the second stage of the competition.”

The teams that made it through to the second stage of the competition are from Arup, Asif Khan Architects, BIG, DSDHA, OMMX. and Shedkm.

Judge and BBC journalist Ngunan Adamu said the entries showed the interest in and importance of Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

Ms Adamu said: “The Waterfront competition has been the toughest competition I’ve had to judge so far. The passion and incredibly high standard of applications has shown what a great city Liverpool is and just how much the docks mean, for not just the citizens of Liverpool, but the international community too.

“Trying to whittle down the applications was very difficult as they were all so brilliant and unique in their own way; it literally came down to the wire.”

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The six teams that progressed to the second stage will now prepare further submissions for the competition and will present their installations on the waterfront in July.

A Community Panel will review the stage 2 submissions through a facilitated workshop and feed its thoughts through to the Jury Panel for consideration in its final deliberations.

It is hoped that a winner will then be chosen in late September.

The competition, managed by Colander Associates, is supported by £120,000 of funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRA), as part of their Race Equality Programme.