Steve Parry,
Ion managing director Steve Parry said Birkenhead was a key area for the developer

Ion buys three sites from liquidated Walton Group

Ion has bought three sites in Birkenhead, Chester, and Flintshire from The Walton Group, a property company headed up by controversial developer Bill Davies until his death last year.

Ion has bought the site of the former Birkenhead Town railway station, which closed in the 1950s, and plans to redevelop the site as part of a wider regeneration of Birkenhead town centre. The three-acre site sits near The Rock retail park and Waterloo Place.

The Chester site on Parkgate Road, and the site in Flintshire, are both green belt.

All three, which cover 17 acres in total, have been purchased from the Walton Group, which was liquidated following Davies’ death from pneumonia in May last year.

Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, said: “The Wirral, and Birkenhead in particular, is a key development area for us.

“We believe that the time is now right to plan the future resurgence of this area. With vision and resources, there is huge potential to move the town forward and for it to renew its position as the commercial heart of the Wirral. The Chester and Flintshire sites offer longer term potential across a broad range of uses.”

Other projects currently underway by Liverpool-based Ion include a mixed-use scheme on the site of the former Futurist cinema by Lime Street station. ISG is acting as main contractor on the development, which includes a Premier Inn, student accommodation, and ground floor retail along Bolton Street.

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