Three schemes include a Wirral Waters One, a £90m scheme for 500 new apartments in the docklands which has already been given the go head by Wirral Council’s Cabinet. Tony McDonough reports
Almost 900 new homes will be built at Wirral Waters across three projects with a combined value of more than £150m.
Site owner Peel Land and Property says one of the projects will be its first ever joint venture with Manchester developer Urban Splash – a £55m scheme to build 347 modular homes on the waterfront.
The announcement comes shortly after industry body Mersey Maritime said it was pushing ahead with a project to build a £25m maritime industries hub on Wirral Waters.
Another project is a partnership with Belong Villages to create a specialist dementia care village, comprising a range of amenities, including bistro, gym and hair salon as well as 34 one and two-bedroom apartments, available to rent or buy.
The project will include six households where 24-hour support is provided for up to 12 residents in each.
Wirral Waters One
Finally, Wirral Waters One, a £90m scheme for 500 apartments, has been rubber-stamped by the Cabinet of Wirral Council so that building work can now get under way. Wirral Waters One also includes a £100,000 investment for community activities by The Legacy Foundation.
Once complete, Wirral Waters will deliver up to 20m sq ft of floor space – more than the equivalent of 300 football pitches – including 4m sq ft of office space, up to 13,000 residential units and 1m sq ft of industrial space at MEA Park.
Richard Mawdsley, director of development at Peel Land and Property, said: “Brownfield regeneration projects, such as Wirral Waters, are crucial in tackling the current UK housing crisis as they take the pressure off our greenbelts.
“From over 500 acres of disused docklands, we will create an internationally recognised destination where innovation, sustainability and industry thrive; where over 20,000 permanent new jobs emerge; where wide open spaces meet world-class culture; and global companies trade alongside new waterfront housing.
“These projects have been assisted by the announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government of a £6m HIF (Housing Infrastructure Fund) allocation to Wirral Waters.”