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Boost for Glenn Howells’ Wirral Waters One scheme

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Wirral Council has backed plans by Glenn Howells Architects and masterplanner Parkinson Inc for 500 homes within the massive Wirral Waters development on Merseyside

The council’s cabinet has approved the business case for Wirral Waters One, the first big slice of 13,000 residential units anticipated within the overall Peel Land and Property scheme.

Subject to planning consent, the £90 million Wirral Waters One project will take place on the former East Float dock and kickstart creation of a neighbourhood along Northbank.

It would feature one and two-bed apartments, walkways, gardens and terraces. The project would include 100 affordable homes and generate a £100,000 payment to charity the Legacy Sports and Education Foundation.

Wirral Waters masterplanner Parkinson Inc has worked with Glenn Howells Architects, Re-form Landscape Architecture, Vectos Transport Consultants and planning adviser Turley. A planning application has been submitted and is being considered by the council.

Other residential schemes earmarked for Northbank include 347 modular homes by Peel and Urban Splash.

Elsewhere within the overall development, plans include a £20 million Maritime Knowledge Hub, a £3.5 million amenity and arts village and a £6 million office area.

Peel development director Richard Mawdsley said: ‘The first residential quarter at Wirral Waters is becoming a reality. Wirral Waters One will incorporate state-of-the-art residential design and innovation which will lead the way in making Wirral Waters an incredible place to live.’

Glenn Howells Architects director Glenn Howells added: ‘It is important that we create a living, thriving residential project with a real sense of place. We want to create a new mixed-use community that will set the standard for developing successful new waterside homes at Wirral Waters, focused around a sense of community and individual warehouse living.’

Wirral Council cabinet member for jobs and growth Angela Davies said Wirral Waters One showed the local authority’s determination to get brownfield sites developed.

’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,’ she said.

Project data

Location Northbank West, East Float, Wirral
Type of project Residential
Client Peel Land and Property
Architect Glenn Howells Architects
Landscape architect Re-Form
Planning consultant Turleys
Structural engineer Curtins
M&E consultant Patrick Parsons
Quantity surveyor Walker Sime
Funding Peel, Legacy Foundation and Wirral Council
Gross internal floor area 40,640m2
Form of contract  Design and Build
Total cost £90 million 

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