It is reported today by Alex Turner
PEEL has unveiled plans to build a £130m International Trade Centre (ITC) by the River Mersey to house more than 1,000 Chinese companies that want to trade in the UK and Europe.
The developer, which is behind the Liverpool and Wirral Waters schemes, as well as the Trafford Centre and Media City, in Manchester, has identified two possible locations for the two million sq ft development.
They are West Float, in Birkenhead, and the former Bridgewater Paper Mill, near Ellesmere Port, which are both already part of Peel’s land bank.
Peel’s development director, Lindsey Ashworth, has already met with potential investors in Beijing and Shanghai, and was encouraged by their response.
“It’s led out of the Expo – our involvement with that has boded very well with the Chinese people, and we just want to keep building on that relationship,” said Mr Ashworth.
The Mersey Partnership chief executive Lorraine Rogers added: "The concept fits well with the superport plan which has excellent connectivity and infrastructure at its core.
"An International Trade Centre has the potential to open up links with international markets that could accelerate economic growth in the area."
Peel said the decision on which site they will progress with is “for a later date”, but it is pressing ahead with planning applications for both sites. Mr Ashworth expects to lodge the applications at the start of May with the process to be completed by autumn. The development could be completed by the end of 2014.
It added that the sites in Wirral and Ellesmere Port could both be developed, depending on the level of interest, with the potential for them to be focused on different product areas.
Though it may be good news for the region. And these pages have been supportive of Wirral Waters, they don't have a WHS http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2010/07/joe-anderson-backs-peel-holdings-wirral.html Why does our council leader sponsor the Wirral.
Why do we have to pay to ship jobs on to the Wirral Peel are already shipping most of the Port of Liverpool to Salford right under Blind Bills nose.
With a spiv in every corner Peel can do no wrong.
We are the ones who have been Shanghai-ed by a slight of hand here.
How long can this rubbish reporting go on, not very long according to Correspondent.
Daily Ghost to go weakly
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