Regeneration Liverpool, a joint venture between Liverpool City Council and regeneration specialist Sigma Inpartnership Limited, has announced that it will be developing at least five new sites across Liverpool, in addition to its £100 million scheme in Norris Green, where the partnership has already delivered 115 new homes.
The five new areas earmarked for the major regeneration project are the £200 million Stonebridge Cross development, Gateacre former comprehensive school site, Lime Street/Renshaw Street/Knowledge Quarter, Edge Hill District Centre and Lodge Lane baths site. Subject to the necessary consents, initial works will focus on the sites in Stonebridge Cross and Gateacre with a view to commencing in 2012/13.
Stonebridge Cross will comprise 60 acres of land and will provide a new secondary school, a health centre, 600 new homes and retail facilities with a major food store. Gateacre former comprehensive school site will be developed to accommodate around 200 new family homes. Regeneration Liverpool will recycle the value from these new homes directly back into the provision of new educational facilities in the city as well as looking at other City Council priorities.
Regeneration Liverpool will prepare feasibility studies for Lime Street/Renshaw Street/Knowledge Quarter, Edge Hill District Centre and Lodge Lane baths site, which will include a variety of uses including commercial and residential development as well as educational, community and health facilities.
All of the work will be delivered under Regeneration Liverpool, which Sigma Inpartnership formed with Liverpool City Council in 2007 to support the Council with its ambitious long term regeneration strategy for the city. The partnership will utilise the skills of local specialist partners including house builder Countryside Properties, commercial developer Neptune Developments, Plus Dane and other local housing associations.
Duncan Sutherland, Chairman of regeneration specialist, Sigma Inpartnership, said: “The widening of the partnership provides a real delivery vehicle for the city council in terms of regeneration, jobs and investment. The partners are already working with local communities to deliver projects and the council's objectives in Norris Green, Stonebridge Cross and other areas of the city.”
Liverpool City Council Leader, Councillor Joe Anderson, said: “We’re absolutely determined to continue driving forward regeneration in Liverpool. But in such difficult economic times, we have to find imaginative ways of working with partners. Regeneration Liverpool is a really effective way of doing this, bringing together the best of the public and private sector and creating really exciting opportunities for our city.
“The development of these five key sites is fantastic news for Liverpool, and proof that by strengthening this innovative partnership, we are leaving ourselves better equipped to deliver vital regeneration schemes, attract investment and create thousands of jobs.”
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Ann O Byrne, said: “Regeneration Liverpool is a fantastic example of how we can work effectively with our partners to drive forward regeneration, deliver new homes and build better futures for our communities.
“The announcement of these new development sites demonstrates that the partnership is going from strength to strength and has the capacity to deliver real change for our city.”
It is Regeneration Liverpool’s aim to work as a partnership between the community, public and private sectors to ensure sustainable and effective regeneration across the city of Liverpool.