Campbeltown Road, Peel Tungsten, p.planning docs

The scheme will see a vacant 22-acre site redeveloped. Credit: via planning documents

Approval for Peel and Tungsten’s 500,000 sq ft Birkenhead shed

Wirral Council granted the green light to the project on the former Cammell Laird shipyard during the June planning committee meeting.

Developed by Peel L&P and Tungsten Properties, the Ark Royal project will see the delivery of a largescale warehouse with 465,400 sq ft of industrial space and 30,000 sq ft of offices. The building will stretch out to more than 18 metres in height and come with a barrel vault roof.

The shed has been conceptualised by Leeds-based HTC Architects and designed to BREEAM Excellent standards.

According to plans submitted by Pegasus, Ark Royal would also have 72 HGV loading bays. In terms of parking, there would be spaces for 131 HGVs, 421 cars, 18 motorcycles, and 30 cycles.

The warehouse will be built on 22 acres off Campbelltown Road, land that makes up roughly 15% for the wider 140-acre former shipyard.

Around 500 construction jobs are expected to be created when it comes to building the shed. When the building is operational, Peel and Tungsten estimate it will create more than 500 full-time jobs and contribute £22.9m a year in GVA for the area.

In addition to Pegasus and HTC, the project team includes noise and air consultant Hoare Lea, ecology expert Ramms Sanderson, drainage strategist PRP, flood risk assessor JBA, transport consultant ADC, lighting expert HBA, and sustainability advisor Yonder.

You can learn more about the project by searing application reference number APP/22/00334 on Wirral Council’s planning portal.

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Great news for Birkenhead.

By Anonymous

Last time I looked there were four big ships in Laird’s yard under repair and about 800 lads working away. It’s far from a ‘former shipyard’ – rather, a highly valued source of skilled apprenticeships and well-paid work.

By Sceptical

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