Alan says: “The smoke from the Toxteth riots still hung in the air when the Merseyside Development Corporation was set up. Part of their brief was to revamp the Albert Dock area – something ‘they’ had been promising to do for years.

“This time it sounded as the though something might actually happen and I so I wanted to get in there before the fancy apartments and cheesy shops moved in.

“It was the early eighties and I was experimenting with Ilford XP2 for the first time. I think I knew I was documenting something vaguely historic.

“This is one of my favourite images from that ‘trespass’ – was I the original Urbex Warrior? I doubt it.”

Alan Cookson on Flickr

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