BOXPARK Liverpool adds to booming Baltic Triangle mix

Simon Champion, right, on stage

BOXPARK Liverpool is set to open today (April 19), as part of a £5m investment by the Brighton-based dining, retail and leisure operator.

The attraction, the first outside London, is the latest venue to open for BOXPARK and has created 150 jobs at the Cains Brewery Village on Stanhope Street, Toxteth, in the booming Baltic Triangle area, following agreement on a 15-year lease.

In a soft opening last night, CEO Simon Champion took to the stage to welcome hundreds of guests ahead of performances by Liverpool artists Rebecca Ferguson and Mic Lowry.

He told the audience: “There are three things about BOXPARK. One of which is community, one of which is street food and one of which is events.”

He said the BOXPARK development strategy is based on the Ephebic Oath, sworn by young men of Classical Athens on induction into the military: I shall not leave this city not less but more beautiful than I found it.

And he explained why BOXPARK chose Liverpool for its first site outside London, hailing the rich music scene, its status as a football city, the vibrant night life, its infectious people and its exciting, diverse food scene.

Among the VIP guests last night were Liverpool’s world champion boxer, Natasha Jonas, and Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, Kim Johnson.

The venue is located in the historic brewery’s Canning Hall and offers an integrated all-day dining and events space spanning 21,000 sq ft, featuring eight independent traders from the city and surrounding areas, including Crazy Pedros, Yum Cha, Rose Street Falafel, Shake?, Phukt and Stateside.

Simon Champion, said: The team have been working hard to ensure our first opening outside of London will be as impactful as we had envisioned when originally planning BOXPARK Liverpool.”

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “The Baltic Triangle is one of our area’s great urban regeneration success stories and is now a hub of vibrant and creative venues.

“To put it simply, nowhere is better placed to host the BOXPARK’s newest venue – the first outside of London – and I can’t wait to see it grow from strength to strength in its new home.”