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£90m plan to build 500 new apartments in Birkenhead docklands

16 February 2018
Liverpool Echo

A £90M plan to build 500 new apartments in Birkenhead’s docklands has been unveiled.

The “Wirral Waters One” proposal would form part of a residential zone at an area on Dock Road, near to the old corn warehouses at which have already been converted into flats.

The scheme would see a series of apartment blocks built, with a building adjacent to the junction at Dock Road/Duke Street for commercial premises providing services and amenities for residents.

Wirral Counci says the project, a joint venture with landowners Peel Holdings, will kickstart residential development at Wirral Waters – a £4.5bn plan to redevelop Wirral’s docklands.

It also includes the Legacy Foundation, an investment fund established by former Tranmere Rovers player Aaron Cresswell, which will provide £100,000 of funding in the first year to be invested in community activities.

Wirral Council leader, Cllr Phil Davies, said: “This is an exciting proposition which will play a significant part in helping us to deliver the new housing which the area so desperately needs and will also help kick-start even more development on one of the key regeneration sites in Wirral.

“We are seeing huge confidence in Wirral as an area to invest in at the moment. Our plans for regeneration throughout the borough are gaining momentum, and we will see more exciting news in the coming days and weeks about developments on a number of different sites.

“There is still work to be done to take this project forward but, combined with other developments already progressing at the site, this represents a major breakthrough for Wirral Waters.”

Birkenhead MP Frank Field said: “An idea bringing the largest programme of new housing to Wirral in living memory, announced today, is the brainchild of Andrew Forsey who is the head of my Parliamentary office.

“Through his work in making contact with footballers interested in making long term investments from their pensions, Andrew helped to persuade a crop of current and former Premier League players – including Aaron Cresswell, who was a Tranmere Rovers player and now plays for West Ham – to see whether it would be possible for his investment fund to begin work in Wirral Waters.

“The council is announcing today the successful progress made on those negotiations which will go to cabinet within two weeks to be signed off.

“This is a mega breakthrough not only for Wirral, as it is our biggest housing development undertaken in living memory, but sets an example for other local authorities to follow in attracting finance into their area to such good effect.”

Lorna Hughes, Liverpool Echo


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