Key Projects in Sefton - Liverpool City Region
The Liverpool Superport
The Liverpool Superport, dubbed 'Liverpool2',
will dramatically double the container handling capacity at the Port of Liverpool
from 750,000 teu (twenty-foot equivalent unit - container) to 1.5 million teu per year.
It is a major investment in the Liverpool City Region that's attracting £1.8 billion of investment in new facilities, opening up faster supply chain transit for at least 50% of the existing UK container market.
The Port of Liverpool, part of the Peel Ports Group, is the most important deep sea container port in the United Kingdom for container services between Great Britain and North America. The project will create a new 854 metres long quay wall from the South West corner of the Royal Seaforth Dock and the formation (including dredging) of a berthing pocket on the seaward side of the wall. The project will also extend the Bootle Northern outflow sewer and create a new public footpath to the Northern extent of the Port. There are proposals for local environmental projects to be funded through the Community Environment Fund - a key part of the 'Adapting the Landscape' initiative. This investment, allied to the opening up new highly lucrative markets for Atlantic facing ports from the widening of the Panama Canal, aims to create the most effective and cost efficient environment for freight cargo logistics and passenger transit in the United Kingdom. Making the Liverpool Superport a multimodal freight hub capable of rivalling other international locations such as Dubai, Singapore and New York.
It is regarded as a crucial project by local partners in Atlantic Gateway and as part of the Superport partnership. With over £1 billion currently being invested across the Liverpool City Region in infrastructure including the Superport, a £300 million new deep water port at the mouth of the River Mersey, direct access onto the West Coast Mainline railway system via the £92 million Mersey Multimodal Gateway (3MG) intermodal terminal in Halton, and the £600 million Mersey Gateway also in Halton, a six-lane road bridge over the River Mersey providing a new fast and reliable strategic transport route linking the Liverpool City Region and the North West with the rest of the UK.
The investment in the Port of Liverpool's new deep-water Liverpool2 terminal will enable it to service 95% of the largest container ships in the world, with the potential to create 30 thousand new jobs for Liverpool City Region by 2030.
The Thornton Bypass
The new 4.3 kilometre, £20.4 million Link road in Sefton provides a much needed boost for the area.
The transfer of traffic to the new Link reduces noise in the communities of Netherton and Thornton,
especially along Green Lane, Lydiate Lane and Northern Perimeter Road.
Where approximately 300 properties are now experiencing a reduction in noise.
Whilst there may an increase for 59 homes being closer to the flow of traffic,
there are no properties within 40 metres of the new Link.
Ensuring vibration from traffic using the Thornton Bypass will not
have an impact on local residents.
As part of the planning process, an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) was carried out to understand the potential effects that the new road would have on the environment. The route has been designed to follow existing ground levels as much as possible. Ample crossings are also provided at a number of locations where the new Link crosses footpaths and other routes used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The road eases congestion for the 25,000 motorists who commute from Southport to Liverpool every day.
Back in 2011, part of the huge 52-acre Atlantic Park recieved a £4.7 million investment
from the Northwest European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
and the former Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
The project infrastructure works brought forward 22 hectares of land
to develop office and industrial accommodation.
Following the development, Atlantic Park comprised of three main buildings: 'Alaska House', a 46,000 sq ft Grade A five-storey office building, with on-site car parking; 'Caspian House', a 35,000 sq ft Grade A office building, with 136 on-site car parking spaces; And the 'Big Ft', a 320,000 sq ft industrial building, the largest in the region.
Located on Dunnings Bridge Road in Sefton, the site is still in the midst of redevelopment. The Park presents a unique offer to North Liverpool and is its first major edge of town mixed use development.
Ideally situated within 2 miles of the Port of Liverpool and within 1 mile of both the M57 and M58 motorways. It also has good public transport connectivity and is within easy reach of Liverpool's John Lennon Airport. Along with direct rail routes to London from Liverpool Lime Street, it is unquestionably one of the best located sites in the North West.
Hugh Baird College
Hugh Baird College are one of the largest providers of education and training in the area,
offering hundreds of courses to more than 7,000 students.
They offer courses ranging from Entry Level to Level 3, Apprenticeships and University level courses,
Foundation Degrees and Degrees.
In 2009, they opened a large scale extension of the Pembroke Centre, providing the most flexible and modern environment for both staff and students. The development of the new facilities included workshops for construction, motor vehicle and electrical installation.
Two years later, they opened a Higher Education Suite, an area designed with bespoke features for the College's Higher Education students.
Today the College consists of three main buildings on its one campus. Working closely with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and employers, they're continuously reviewing and developing the curriculum they offer to ensure students have the best opportunities, whether it be into employment or further study. They ensure that students are able to train to the highest standards with the very best opportunities to progress. They've also opened the 'L20 Hotel School', where the qualifications delivered fulfil the needs of the Liverpool City Region tourism sector, helping to provide well trained and job ready students to the city's growing visitor economy.
Indeed, they're full of forward thinking initiatives that are helping the college and its students stay ahead of the curve. Responding to the exciting Super Port developments right on their doorstep by creating Port Academy Liverpool, which offers port operations courses that allow learners to forge careers in this exciting, global and well paid sector.
The personal support they offer their students is outstanding, their learning environment is both safe and secure, with a friendly multicultural atmosphere.
Bootle is very much on the up, with the town experiencing a massive housing boom following a
£600 million investment.
It is currently ranked as one of the top 15 property hotspots in the United Kingdom.
The town was hit hard during the latter part of the 20th century,
as their ever-reliant docklands took a blow in the face of industrial depression.
What followed was high levels of unemployment brought about by a fall in the number of businesses,
as they strugged to stay afloat amidst the economic gloom.
Together with a lack of financial support from the powers that be
and an exodus in its population, the once mighty town took a tumble.
Eventually the recovery came, Bootle stood up, unfazed by the broken promises of the past, it began stitching itself back together and rose to the challange. Today, Bootle is at the heart of the city regional redevelopment. Ideally situated between the Liverpool Superport and Liverpool Waters, its infrastructure, commercial and housing stock are being mended from within. It's now experiencing a major property boom, with house prices rising faster than most places in the United Kingdom. Estate agents are reporting that families and young professionals are again flocking to the area, thanks the £600 million investment and its close proximity to Liverpool. Further regeneration is expected, cementing the resurgence of the mighty Bootle again. Rising from the flames like it did so well following the Liverpool Blitz.