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Guest blog by Richard Mawdsley

A closer look at Wirral Waters

25 January 2022
A 4 minute read by Richard Mawdsley

We’ve been showing you lots of progress at East Float, our neighbourhood at Wirral Waters in Merseyside, but in this blog, our partner Richard Mawdsley of Peel L&P tells us more about the wider plans for the area.

Wirral Waters is a ‘place-led’, ‘jobs driven’ regeneration project with a consented Masterplan for up to 20 million sq ft of floorspace. The vision is for a highly sustainable and healthier, mixed use project that is ‘of Wirral’ providing both a counterpoint to Liverpool and a catalyst for repopulating Birkenhead.

It is now very much in the delivery phase.

The Northbank neighbourhood at Wirral Waters

Northbank – a new neighbourhood for everyone

By 2025 the Northbank neighbourhood is targeted to deliver 1,100 homes – including East Float’s Row House and Town House homes – the first of which are on sale now.

East Float – a 50/50 joint venture between Peel L&P and House by Urban Splash – will crucially offer customers’ choice with two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes on offer – each with varying layout options. They’re bright and spacious and feature huge windows, high ceilings, modern bathrooms and kitchens with high quality fixtures and fittings, and a private ground floor terrace too; book your viewing here.

Next to join the neighbourhood – and all kicking off in the next few months - will be 500 distinctive, high-quality one and two-bedroom apartments. Set to be a picture postcard for the Wirral these waterfront properties will brighten up the whole area with the same vibrant colour scheme found in other iconic dockside properties across Europe.

Park and sales pavilion at East Float, Wirral Waters

Also starting in 2022 will be construction of a state-of-the-art centre offering care and accommodation for people living with dementia. The development is key to the shared vision of creating a dementia-friendly neighbourhood and, once complete, the village will provide a vital hub at the heart of the Northbank neighbourhood, with a range of inclusive spaces and facilities accessible to the local community.

Bringing it all together is series of dock edge walkways, gardens and terraces for residents of the new Northbank neighbourhood, as well as better pedestrian walkways and cycleway connections, and it is all happening right now.

Four Bridges area of Wirral Waters

Four Bridges – a model neighbourhood designed to stimulate activity

Tower Road itself has already been transformed. Wider pavements for people walking and cycling through, traffic slowing measures, 130 new native trees, funky new street furniture and lighting – all giving the feel of a modern, open, shared space to be enjoyed by workers, students and visitors alike.

And the space is set to get a lot busier.

Hythe is here. This next generation sustainable office space, which uses contemporary design to maximise the health and wellbeing of customers, will offer a haven for entrepreneurs right at the heart of Wirral Waters. Recently completed and due to open early 2022.

Any new neighbourhood needs a community hub. A place where people can come together, eat, drink, share and create. Next year will see the start of something quite special – Egerton Village. Imagine a dockside restaurant and bistro, small independent retailers, artists’ studios, managed workspace and even a large public events space – with views over the Mersey and across to Liverpool. More diggers and cranes arriving for this in 2022!

And then we have the revival of an icon.

Hydraulic Tower at Wirral Waters

Today, the Hydraulic Tower stands empty and derelict. Quite literally a shell of its former self. Once a provider of power for the movement of lock gates and bridges throughout Birkenhead Docks, this historic tower is now set for a new lease of life – as the Maritime Knowledge Hub - a centre of international maritime research, development and trade.

This time around the power will come from collaboration, partnerships and innovation. The greatest minds tackling the biggest issues. And they don’t come bigger than sustainable world trade and the decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

Seen from Liverpool and miles around the tower will not just be a beacon of architectural design, but a symbol of the renaissance of Birkenhead and the Wirral.

Spades in the ground in 2022? Yes.

MEA Park at Wirral Waters

MEA Park – a place of industrial innovation

Any new place needs good sustainable jobs for local people. And so, in a quiet corner on the western tip of Wirral Waters, something is stirring. The start of something big. MEA Park will be the engine room of the next phase of regeneration – leading the way in modern construction techniques, modular construction and much more.

Watch this space…

Out of the flattened, industrial and former dockland site, cranes and construction hoardings are now emerging before 21st century state of the art architecture takes its place, attracting a new wave of investment and market growth which will elevate and regenerate the whole area, providing a significant boost to the existing community and the local economy.

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