A floating swimming pool is to be the centrepiece of Liverpool’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 50m pool structure will be built on the water near Albert Dock. There will be seating for 5,000 spectators.

The city’s bid team and Mayor Joe Anderson hope the pool will showcase the city to a potential TV audience of more than a billion.

Liverpool is battling against Birmingham to be England’s bidder for the games.

The pool will be fixed to the walls of a dock, but will rest on the water.

Once the games are over the stands would be removed and the pool would be opened to the public as a city centre lido.

As expected, Everton’s new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock is set to become the main athletics venue.

The details of Liverpool’s bid will be unveiled later on Friday in a presentation featuring Commonwealth Games gymnastics gold medallist Beth Tweddle, swimmer Steve Parry, and three-time Commonwealth medallist and boxing champion Tony Bellew.

Bid timetable

Bid judges will be in the city next month and a final decision on where the games will be held will be made before the end of the year.

The council, which is co-ordinating the bid, wants to hold events throughout the city with the waterfront at the heart of its bid.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has been searching for a new host for the 2022 games since it decided in March that the South African city of Durban had not met the criteria for hosting the games.

The CGF Review is due to make a decision early in the autumn after evaluation of proposals of potential host cities in a slimmed down selection process.

Australia, Canada and Malaysia have also expressed interest in being the hosts.

The last Commonwealth Games was in 2014 in Glasgow. The 2018 games is being held in Gold Coast, Australia.

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