Berkeley James replaces Blythe on Southport park

Michael Hunt

Sefton Council has appointed Berkeley James as preferred development partner for two new office units at Southport Business Park.

The business park, situated on Wight Moss Way in Kew, Southport, has Royal Mail, and Experian occupying offices.

The two new buildings will be three storeys high and 30,000 sq ft in size, and will provide approximately 10,000 sq ft per floor of Grade A standard accommodation.

Tony Byrne, director of Berkeley James, said: "Despite the current economic climate, we recognise the huge development potential for this site. There is very little commercial property of this specification available in this area and we have already received a high level of interest from potential tenants.

"Southport is enjoying an ongoing resurgence as a town in terms of residential, commercial and leisure opportunities. We firmly believe that this scheme will have a hugely positive and lasting impact on the local area and wider community through the potential of job creation, business expansion and the re-location of new businesses."

Alan Moore, regeneration and environment director of Sefton Council, added: "Sefton are delighted to have a partnership with Berkeley James, regarding the development of Southport Business Park and look forward to working with them in order to bring forward new business accommodation.''

The stalled development was originally being delivered by Blythe Developments which said a year ago it intended to start on the site in the spring this year.

Since then, Blythe Homes, the parent company behind both projects, entered administration in July this year, leaving them in limbo.

The Southport-based developer tried to gain grant funding approval from the North West Development Agency and European Regional Development Fund for the buildings, which will be built to a BREEAM 'very good' rating, but were unsuccessful.

Phases one and two of the park delivered 100,000 sq ft of offices.

Keppie Massie and Southport-based John Fitton & Co are joint agents on the offices.

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