Peel seeks partner to develop 100,000 sq ft dock

Port of Liverpool operator Peel Ports seeks commercial partner to develop historic dock located close to Everton FC’s £750m waterfront stadium. Tony McDonough reports

Huskisson Dock
Huskisson Dock at the Port of Liverpool. Picture from Peel Ports


Huskisson Dock at the Port of Liverpool has been earmarked for development by owner Peel Ports.

Named after former Liverpool MP William Huskisson, who was the first recorded person in history to be killed by a train, Huskisson Dock was opened in 1852. It was badly damaged by German bombs in the Blitz and in the 1960s hosted Cunard liners.

Now owner Peel Ports is seeking an occupier for the 100,000 sq ft site. It believes it will make an ideal hub for companies working in the distribution, manufacturing, and specialist operations sectors.

Located close to Everton FC’s new £750m stadium, currently under construction at Bramley-Moore Dock, the site offers multimodal access with connections to road, rail, and sea.

Peel Ports says it is willing to work with interested parties on any new development, providing what it calls “bespoke design and build solutions”. Purpose-built facilities could include a warehouse, processing plant or specialised storage facility.

This site sits within the Liverpool city region Freeport. It offers occupiers a range of incentives covering customs, business rates, planning, regeneration, innovation and trade and investment support.

Phil Hall, port director – Port of Liverpool, Peel Ports, said: “This land at Huskisson Dock is in a great location and with its strong road, rail, and sea links across the North West and beyond. It is ideal for organisations working in distribution and manufacturing.

“At Peel Ports we don’t just provide organisations with a base for their operations, but we help them to be as successful as possible.

“For organisations looking to call Huskisson Dock home, they’ll find they have all the support they need through our port-centric services to allow them to perform as efficiently as possible.

“We’re incredibly proud of Huskisson Dock’s history and we’re looking forward to building upon that as we look to welcome a new company to the site.”

Once it was opened, Huskisson Dock became integral to Liverpool’s expansion as a major port during the 19th century, when it initially focused on handling coal exports and raw material imports.

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Throughout its history, the dock has undergone several expansions to adapt to changing maritime needs. In the early 20th century, it saw extensive use during both World Wars, providing crucial support for military logistics and supply chains.

Post-war, Huskisson Dock incorporated advanced cargo handling facilities and expanded its capabilities to accommodate containerised freight, bulk goods, and project cargo. Today the dock serves as part of the larger Port of Liverpool complex.

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