work starts on PS12m site; St Modwen scheme will create 250 jobs.
DEVELOPER and regeneration specialist St Modwen has begun work on the new PS12m Liverpool depot for express delivery service, DPD (UK).
A ground-breaking ceremony, attended by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, marked the official start of work on site on Sugarbrook Drive at Stonebridge Park yesterday.
The agreement, with Liverpool City Council, will see St Modwen build a 69,000 sq ft parcel delivery facility for DPD, which will service the Liverpool and Merseyside region.
The new facility will bring a total investment of PS12m to the region, and create up to 250 permanent and construction jobs.
The depot is expected to be completed by early 2016 and, following completion, DPD will take a 25-year lease.
On the back of this success, St Modwen will submit an application for a further phase of up to 70,000 sq ft of industrial units.
The Liverpool facility is one of three new sites that St Modwen is delivering for DPD, with depots currently being developed at Skypark in Exeter and Etruria Valley in Stokeon-Trent.
Steven Knowles, St Modwen regional director, said: "This scheme will not only bring investment and employment opportunities to the region, but also signifies the return to growth in Liverpool.
"Work beginning on site at Stonebridge Park is a big milestone and one of several key developments that demonstrate our continued commitment to the Merseyside area."
He added: "Stonebridge Park enjoys strong transport links and is ideally located for DPD to serve the region.
"We look forward to delivering this depot for DPD and building on Stonebridge Park's appeal and demand with the further addition of new development for employment use."
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "This is a significant and important investment in a part of the city that we are working hard to regenerate.
"It will create 250 much needed jobs and be a major boost for the area, creating opportunities for local people. When combined with the new housing, proposed new retail and St John Bosco School, the Stonebridge area is now a place that is well and truly on the up.
"We are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to improve communities across the city."
Mayor Anderson said: "This is another great success story and demonstrates that Liverpool is open for business and how we are work-work ing hard every day to attract investment."
Phase one of the Stonebridge Park, developed by St Modwen with Liverpool Vision, Government Office Northwest and the now defunct Northwest Regional Development Agency which the Coalition Government replaced with Local Enterprise Partnerships, comprises four units totalling more than 57,500 sq ft and is now fully let.
Current occupiers include Liverpool Mutual Homes, Eurofood and NSC.
Directly fronting the A580, East Lancashire Road in Liverpool, the site has excellent transport links for the new DPD development.
St Modwen also leads on the PS150m Great Homer Street Project Jennifer scheme and Skelmersdale town centre.
Steven Knowles, | | left, regional director at St Modwen, and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson break the ground at the site of the new DPD depot at Stonebridge Park in North Liverpool yesterday morning