Two Wirral Waters projects given go-ahead

Wirral council has granted planning permission for the first two new-build Wirral Waters developments.

The Peel Group has been granted approval to develop a 3,500 square meter site, where it will build a new skills, environment and enterprise centre for Wirral Met College.

Longmeadow Estates Ltd has also received planning permission for the Tower Wharf scheme. It plans to build this flagship structure with assistance from the European Regional Development Fund.

Work will start on the Tower Wharf site in September, 2014, with construction scheduled to be finished by October, 2015. No start date has been announced for the Wirral Metropolitan College centre.

The plan is to train local people to work on these early projects and to then provide the expertise for further Wirral Waters developments. In total, 200 hectares of underused dock space is earmarked for improvement.

The plan is to build 15,000 apartments, a 230,000 square meter international trade centre and up to 465,000 square meters of office space. For the first five years, companies that take space in the new development will benefit from 100% business rate relief. The area will also gain from fast track planning permission.

As the development moves forward, many architects on the Wirral will design new buildings for the area. However, the first two projects are the work of Birmingham and Liverpool architectural firms, with Midlands-based Glenn Howells designing the Wirral Met building and Falconer Chester Hall behind the Tower Wharf building, which is designed to achieve an ‘excellent’ classification for sustainability under the BREEAM rating system.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
August 28, 2014

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