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Broadway Malyan's vast Wirral scheme to grow even larger

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The hugely ambitious proposals for the Mersey waterfront on the Wirral, being drawn up by Broadway Malyan, look set to be expanded to an even larger site.

The vast scheme - for Peel Holdings - looks set to grow further after the developer yesterday finalised a deal to buy a £100 million Cammell Laird shipyard plot that will extend the already vast site.

The cost estimate for the project has now risen to an extraordinary £4.5 billion, a scale that competes with Argent's mammoth King's Cross development in London.

If it goes ahead, the project will see the wholesale redevelopment of Birkenhead's waterfront, an area that is notoriously rundown.

It will see the construction of a major masterplan for a mixed-use regeneration scheme that will dominate the town.

This will not be Broadway Malyan's first scheme on the banks of the Mersey: the practice's Manchester office is also drawing up the controversial plans for the Mann Island site in Liverpool.

by Ed Dorrell

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