Dakota Drive, GB Europe, c Google earth

Situated at 4 Dakota Drive, the site currently is occupied by 627,000 sq ft of factory space - all set to be demolished. Credit: Google Earth

Nearly 1m sq ft ‘major logistics scheme’ planned for Liverpool

GB Europe has lodged an environmental impact assessment application, revealing ambitions to demolish the former Prinovis printworks factory in Speke and replace it with a 946,800 sq ft unit.

The global trade management provider specialises in providing shipping containers, cold chain supply business units, and other logistics products. GB Europe had acquired the 49-acre site off Dakota Drive in December in a £22m deal negotiated by KLIPA and CBRE, according to HM Land Registry data.

According to the application lodged with Liverpool City Council, GB Europe would demolish the 627,200 sq ft factory estate, which has been closed since last year.

In its stead, the company said it wanted to “bring forward a major logistics development” in its application. This would comprise of a singular unit boasting 901,600 sq ft of warehouse space, 32,300 sq ft for offices, and 12,700 sq ft for transport offices. The application also refers to ambitions for 236 HGV parking spaces and 726 spaces for cars. Of those 726, 38 would be accessible, 36 equipped for electric vehicle charging, and another 36 with future EV capability.

The proposals also include a new access point from Blackburne Street, which would be used by cars driving to the site.

Environmental planner RJK Consulting drafted the application for GB Europe, with Avison Young listed as the project’s agent. Also on the team: transport expert PJA, ecologist FPCR, heritage consultant Turley, and noise and air quality adviser Hoare Lea.

You can learn more about the project by searching 24EIA/1267 on Liverpool City Council’s planning portal.

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Good to see this great site being utilised so soon.

By Liverpool4Progress

Great hub around the Airport lots of businesses that support the UK economy

By Anonymous

Mega build! Biggest warehouse in NW region possibly? Good news keeps coming for city region. Just need LCC to speed up planning process.

By Roy

It’s good the site won’t stand empty, but the city does need a mixed economy with a range of jobs and industries; big logistics sheds don’t often provide particularly good or secure jobs, with a very big reliance on agency workers, zero hours and short-term contracts, while taking up a lot of space.

By Anonymous

@Anon 11.56am, often true these big sheds don’t provide the better paid jobs but they do bring economic activity to an area and this gets noticed by other companies and investors who show more interest. Also workers there spend their money in shops and other businesses and this spreads throughout an areas’ economy.

By Anonymous

Yey another example of how unique the Port of Liverpool and the Importance of Liverpool Airport is to the entire catchment area for Leeds to North Wales and from Derby to Carlisle.
Logistics and carvo handling direct into the Americas as it was for centuries.

Well done to Liverpool, excellent future for many workers indeed.
Hurrah Hurrah Hurrah

By Anonymous

Giant sheds good for logistics but they are everywhere now. I have mixed feelings about them, on the one hand ubiquitous, big and ugly on the other they help get my stuff quicker from China.

By Amy zon

How about extra traffic. It won’t make like easy for passengers trying to get to Liverpool Airport. Transport enhancing is greatly needed , a train or tram to airport from Liverpool South Parkway.

By Carl

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