National Museums Liverpool - winners

A remarkable team has been selected to deliver this extraordinary and sensitive project in the heart of Liverpool's docks....

We are privileged and proud to announce that a collaboration between architects Asif Khan Studio, Sir David Adjaye OBE, Mariam Kamara and artist Theaster Gates has won the competition to transform the waterfront for National Museums Liverpool at Canning Dock.

  • Stage 1 submission by the winning team

The winning team also includes Plan A Consultants; Prior + Partners; The Place Bureau; Hara Design Institute; AKTII, ARUP; and Donald Insall Associates. Together they will now take forward the transformation of the Canning Dock Project – a public space that has an incredibly unique history, embedded with a rich and powerful heritage linked to the very roots of Liverpool’s port.

For National Museums Liverpool we have formed a different kind of design team – not simply to deliver a project, but to steward a significantly meaningful one into being. This new piece of history will welcome voices from across Liverpool and globally from the places and people connected with Canning Dock.”

— Asif Khan - Asif Khan Studio

The team will work with NML, stakeholders, communities, the public and wider design team to ensure that the vision for the new waterfront is explored and delivered with a collaborative, open and accountable approach.

Consultations and workshops will be facilitated by the team's community programming group which includes 20 Stories High; Writing on the Wall; and Squash Liverpool and through this method, the team will determine the best way to successfully animate the visitor experience on the waterfront.

"The waterfront transformation is a huge opportunity for National Museums Liverpool to now work with the team and Liverpool’s communities to reimagine the full potential of Canning Dock. We’re very much looking forward to the collaboration process and the result.”

— Mairi Johnson, NML Director of Major Projects

  • Team Asif Khan. Photo credit: @photogwsmith

The Design Competition was made possible by funding from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. NML are working to secure funds to realise the project. This includes a bid that was submitted by Liverpool City Council to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to which the outcome will be announced this Autumn.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our wonderful clients well, as they continue on this amazing journey to breathe new and respectful life into the Canning Dock area. I know that they will find both fun and innovation along the route when working with this extraordinarily talented team.

Good luck one and all!

To find out more about the unique way this competition was designed, do take a look at Louise Harrison's Journal piece. You can also visit the competition webpage for details.