Mersey Reach, Liverpool

Our multi-disciplinary services contributed to securing planning permission on this high-profile site on Merseyside close to where the M57 and M58 meet, providing space for industrial, retail and leisure uses.

Mersey Reach

Mersey Reach is a high profile development site close to Switch Island where the M57 and M58 meet, and within two miles of Liverpool2, the city’s new deep water container terminal. 

Hydrock’s multi-disciplinary services helped leading industrial property developer, Chancerygate, achieve planning permission. 

The scheme consists of three units totalling over 76,000 sq ft available on a leasehold basis, with a 36,000 sq ft unit pre-let to Selco to trade as a builders warehouse, and a two-acre plot at the front of the site sold to Euro Garages for a Starbucks drive-thru and a petrol filling station. A further 4.5 acres is also available as part of the development. 

The site was previously home to Peerless & Lunt Edible Oils and soap manufacturing works from the 1920s and has been redundant for more than 20 years. Identified as a strategic employment site in the Sefton Local Plan, Hydrock’s geo-environmental services, alongside our traffic and transport, air quality and acoustics expertise has contributed to the regeneration of the site for Chancerygate who are able to create a significant number of new jobs in the area through this development.

Our land quality team undertook a ground investigation to inform the remediation strategy for the site given its industrial heritage. 

Hydrock’s transport team developed a transport assessment and travel plan for the scheme which met the approval of Highways England and the Local Highway Authority (Sefton Council). Traffic movements in the area are complex, the site being off a main thoroughfare through to Liverpool city centre to the west and the M57/M58 interchange to the east. Our team agreed the scope of assessments with Highways England and Sefton Council and subsequently reviewed the accessibility of the site by sustainable modes, trip generation analysis during peak times, junction capacity assessments, site access arrangements, and parking provision. 

We also conducted an environmental noise survey and air quality study as part of the planning submission and our assessments met the requirements of Sefton Council.

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