A multi-million pound industrial and logistics development will be brought forward at the former distillery in Merseyside by Liverpool developer Network Space. Tony McDonough reports
Developer Network Space has acquired a 28-acre site in Merseyside that was the former distillery of spirits maker Halewood Artisanal Spirits.
Liverpool-based Network Space says it will now look to bring forward a multi-million pound industrial and logistics scheme on the 446,151 sq ft Sovereign Distillery at Huyton in Knowsley.
Halewood sold the site for an undisclosed sum after shutting down the distillery last year due to the impact of COVID-19. It was the production site for brands such as Liverpool Gin and Lambrini.
The family drinks business has now moved its headquarters to London with its distillery operation relocated to Chorley in Lancashire. It will still continue to occupy half of the Huyton site for storage and distribution through a lease back arrangement in the short to medium term.
Network Space intends to refurbish and redevelop the site to create a multi-let employment scheme to meet existing and future demand for industrial property. Richard Ainscough, Group CEO of Network Space, explained: “The acquisition of this high-profile, exceptionally well-located site provides a fantastic opportunity.
“We plan to maximise its potential through a part demolition, part refurbishment and part new build strategy. When finished, the site will provide small to mid-size urban logistics units, perfectly suited for e-commerce as well as regional distribution.”
The self-contained site at Huyton Business Park is located adjacent to the M62/M57 intersection. B8RE and Gateley acted for Network Space, Savills acted for Halewood Artisanal Spirits.