Drinks maker Halewood sold the site to Network Space in March 2021. Credit: via VW Communications

Developer pushes on with 194,000 sq ft in Knowsley

Network Space has submitted plans for the first phase in the revamp of the former Sovereign Distillery plot at Huyton Business Park.

Now known as Sovereign Industrial Park, the full planning application covers approximately half of the 28-acre site and will comprise 194,400 sq ft.

The inital £15m phase comprises the delivery of two new industrial units of 33,300 sq ft and 25,200 sq ft to the north of the site and the selective demolition and refurbishment of existing buildings to deliver an 87,400 sq ft single unit along with a 48,500 sq ft terrace split into six units.

Network Space said that additional landscaping will be introduced, while electric vehicle charging and other green credentials will feature across the scheme.

Network Space acquired the site, formerly home to Halewood Artisanal Spirits, in March 2021 when the drinks maker relocated operations fully to its Chorley base. The sale price was undisclosed, although it was understood the asking price of £15m was met.

Joe Burnett, development director for Network Space, said: “This is a high-profile, exceptionally well-located site and, through this part demolition, part refurbishment and part new build strategy, we intend to deliver a multi-let industrial and logistics estate, perfectly suited for a wide range of occupiers.

“Where possible, we are seeking to reduce the development’s embodied carbon by retaining and repurposing existing buildings on the site, rather than a complete knockdown and start again approach which is less sustainable.”

Aew Architects and Walker Sime are on the developer’s professional team.

The site is located adjacent to the M62/M57 intersection.

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More activity in that part of Huyton, only the other day it was announced that the John Mason site would be upgraded, the motorway network and Liverpool Airport are pulling in the investors.

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