Wyre Dock Development Ltd. was established in 2016 to provide a formal entity through which proposals for the regeneration and renewal of a historic part of Fleetwood’s history could be taken forward with Associated British Ports and other Parties.
Conceptualisation of how this important waterside location could be developed in conjunction with several contributing companies and supporting interests is on-going. The starting point is providing a permanent centre for display of the trams assembled by the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust, together with a small skills training workshop. The Trust’s work over recent years has been aided both by Associated British Ports, along with other Fleetwood and Fylde coast companies contributing funds and practical help to storage and transport of a number of classic cars which formerly operated between Blackpool and Fleetwood.
With the engagement of a number of professional firms, including Arup, these proposals also include year round visitor attractions. One of these is an important botanic display themed to diverse regions of China – ‘Gardens of China’. The Dutch firm of Smiemans Projecten bv which has extensive experience of designing and constructing highest quality botanic buildings – having visited Fleetwood in 2016 has designed a site specific venue containing three separate displays to form one part of the dockside property. Smiemans have been responsible for diverse glass house leisure, retail and commercial botanic structures, including the extension to the Royal Horticultural Society’s principal centre at Wisley, opened by HM The Queen.
Wyre Dock Development Briefing Document reviewed with Principals and presented to potential Partners in 2017.
Concept design of the proposed scheme created by Brock Carmichael, Architects, Liverpool for Wyre Dock Development Ltd. with the theme 'Renewal and Regeneration'
Further elements in the proposals put forward by Wyre Dock Development to Associated British Ports and international investment groups, include a hotel, themed restaurant with seafood speciality and cooking courses, a further extension to the Fleetwood Museum highlighting the role of Fleetwood’s trawler fleet and the community’s deep sea fishing heritage. There will be a further visitor attraction themed to China’s rich cultural history. This visionary proposal includes an electric tramway linking the displays around the waterfront site. Both high quality residential together with the new build hotel and conferencing venue combine to bring about sustainable regeneration of Wyre Dock.
The Company with its partners are in discussions with Associated British Ports to realise these objectives within the near term, as well as taking into account the desirability of the new-build business park suited to existing fish trading businesses so important in the local economy for employment and future growth. Additionally there is the potential of a privately financed and operated tram train link utilising the right of way preserved from Wyre Dock as far as Poulton-Le-Fylde railway station. Exploratory exchanges have already taken place with Trampower Ltd., which itself is engaged in a demonstration line ‘The Guild Line’ using disused railway tracks within Preston. This company has expressed interest in providing track infrastructure and the depot/exhibition hall assets for the heritage tram display at Wyre Dock.