By Helen Hunt

The Friends of the Flyover hold festival which showcases their ambitious plans for urban park

Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy a street festival held on a flyover in Liverpool city centre.

Churchill Way was closed off to traffic but open to people who were entertained with music and song in the sunshine.

The event, held by the Friends of the Flyover, was a chance for them to show off their ambitious plans to transform the structure into a new urban park.

The Friends group was set up after the city’s 2012 Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) proposed the removal of the Churchill flyover which runs from Islington, past Central Library and the World Museum though to Dale Street.

Ukulele Club performance with World Museum at the background

Ukulele Club performance with Dale St at the background

Flyover Fest overview

Scrap tall bike at Dale St

Organisers were encouraging as many people as possible to sign up to become a friend and help make their project a reality.

The Friends are proposing turning the roads into cyclist and pedestrian-friendly routes with kiosks and cafes.

Earlier, a spokesman for the group said: “The space will offer the potential for animation activities such as theatre, music, art, cafes, allotments, cycle paths etc, in the same way as New York’s High Line, which has become a visitor attraction in its own right.”

This article first appeared on Liverpool Echo website. On their link there is also a video from the day of the event available.


Liverpool residents plan to turn flyover into a community park and events space| in Gizmag 08/07/2014

By Stu Robarts

Flyover from above, Liverpool

A project in Liverpool, UK, is aiming to turn a flyover that is due to be demolished into a community park and events space

Many projects in cities across the world have reclaimed disused areas to transform them into community spaces. New York’s High Line and Sydney’s Goods Line are two such examples. Now, a project in Liverpool, UK, hopes to transform a flyover into a urban park and alternative events space.

Friends of the Flyover is the brainchild of Kate Stewart and Steve Threlfall (whose Made Here business provides people from Liverpool with a means of buying work by local designers, artists and makers), as well as education and social housing architect Mark Bennett. Their interest in community can be also seen in their involvement with the city’s Churchill Way flyover. Stewart explains that plans laid out by the local council and economic development body to improve the surrounding area would effectively starve the flyover of traffic and make it redundant.

With the costs for demolishing the structure estimated at £3-4 million (US$5.1-6.8 million), the friends began looking at alternative approaches. “At the moment, the flyover cuts off the communities in north Liverpool and there is also a historic community that was fragmented when Gerard Gardens was demolished,” Stewart tells Gizmag. “We felt that turning the flyover into an elevated urban park would enable residents both in the city center and in the north to engage with a basically forgotten area of the city.”

Friends of the Flyover's vision of the Churchill flyover

Designs were produced for the, “creation of a pedestrian and cycle-friendly promenade in the sky.” The designs include cafes, raised beds for planting, allotments tended by the local community, independent retail kiosks and market stalls. Additional power infrastructure and Wi-Fi access would be added and regular events, such as gigs and farmers’ markets, would be held.

The plans also include the development of an outreach and education program with the nearby National Museums Liverpool and the creation of a new trust or community interest company to manage and maintain the redeveloped structure.

Stewart explains that when the plans were released earlier this year, there was a huge positive response from both the local community and from further afield. “We feel a great sense of responsibility to deliver the project now for ‘the crowd,’ not just for ourselves,” she says.

Following the release of the designs and their good reception, a crowd-funding campaign was launched to raise money for a feasibility study. The requisite funds were successfully raised and the money is being used for identifying and exploring business models, producing detailed plans and designs, working through legalities, developing a vision and program of events and engaging local residents.

artists studios on Churchill Way

This weekend sees the group’s first big public invitation event, aimed primarily at “reclaiming” the space. The flyover will be closed to traffic, as it is eventually planned to be for good, and it will play host to music, food, art, theater and workshops. The initial designs for the redeveloped flyover will be on display as part of the public consultation for feedback on the plans.

Also at the event, a scheme allowing people to become a supporter of the project, or a “Friend of the Flyover,” will be launched. The scheme will allow people to sign up at various levels for different benefits, such as by donating for future work on the project or simply staying up-to-date with it.

“The next two months will be crazy busy for us,” says Stewart. “We will be visiting more community groups and involving them with the design briefing process and doing a lot of detailed design work.”

In addition to that, the team will be working on structural assessments and creating a business plan to prove the sustainability of the project in the long-term. The group’s aim is to agree on a legal structure and the right ownership or leasing mechanism in order to move forward. The next major milestones will see work begin, with improvements carried out to the pedestrian walkways and to the “landing stage” areas around the structure.

This publication first appeared on the Gizmag website.



By David Lloyd

Churchill Way Flyover Liverpool Proposal by We Make Liverpool


It’s not official yet, but it’s inching closer: the Churchill Flyovers’ future as an elevated wonderland of herb gardens, herbaceous borders and hot coffee is looking like it might, just might get off the ground.

So, go this Sunday and get a taster of the shape of things that may come. While we worry and fret about Heaps Mill, student flats and Liverpool Waters, it’s good to see real grass-roots action taking flight. Who knows, with a little wind under them (and a couple of million quid) we might all be walking in the air one day.

Flyover Fest, Sunday 13th, will see buskers, street food (appropriately, for once), art, crafts and workshops: have your say on the shape of things to come, and see the results, live, thanks to on-the-spot computer visualisations. Like Time Team – but of the future.

More than anything, though, this weekend is a chance for you to show your support to the amazing folk making this one of the most exciting regeneration projects in the city.

Flyover Fest
Churchill Flyover (Dale Street)
July 13 (12-5pm)

This publication first appeared on the Seven Streets website.


Flyover Fest this weekend, Liverpool, 13th July, 12 – 5pm

Come Down to a Free Event & Support a Great Project


What better way is there to spend your Sunday, than with a full on Flyover Fest for free from 12 – 5pm? Enjoy performances and busker sets from Vanessa Murray, Dominic Dunn, We The Undersigned, She Drew The Gun and the wonderful Ukulele Club Liverpool as well as a free busking site.

You can also join Trev & Angie of Impropriety providing tours with completely fabricated stories about things that never happened on the Flyover…or did they?

Add this to great food, street arts, travelling minstrels and birds of prey, Sunday will be a day to elevate all of your expectations when it comes to a party on a bit of road.

“The Friends of the Flyover project is one of the most exciting things to happen to Liverpool in a very long time, make sure you’re there to show your support and experience a great day for all ages.” – Chris Herstad Carney, Threshold Festival.

This article first appeared on the Open Culture Merseyside Arts & Culture website.