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Next phase of Mere Grange comes forward

Network Space has submitted a planning application for the next phase of development at the 21-acre site in St Helens.

The commercial property company, which changed its name from Langtree last year, has submitted plans to develop industrial space totalling 90,000 sq ft alongside 100 residential units. The new workspace units range in size from 17,500 sq ft to 25,000 sq ft.

Mere Grange Masterplan P2The site, parts of which are owned by the Homes & Communities Agency, is off Junction 7 of the M62. The scheme already features a first phase of office development delivered in 2008 alongside the proposed new housing and a further phase of industrial workspace totalling 60,000 sq ft is expected to follow.

Deborah McLaughlin, executive director of the HCA, said: “The planning application marks the next step for this development which will help create jobs for local people in St Helens by providing top quality workspace. The 98 homes which will be built on the site will also provide a boost by providing much needed new homes for local people.”

Stephen Barnes, managing director of development at Network Space, said: “Mere Grange is a strategic site within the borough which offers superb connectivity to the motorway network being located less than 2 minutes from Junction 7 of the M62. There has been an acute lack of new quality industrial workspace of this size being developed across the region over the last eight years and we are confident that demand for this space will be high given the design and specification of the units, the site’s connectivity to the town and motorway network together with the high quality matured landscaped setting that we have delivered at Mere Grange. Network Space currently owns over 350,000 sqft of space within the borough and the delivery of this additional space is entirely consistent with our objective of extending our 3m sq ft modern, well located and well occupied industrial portfolio.”

The letting agent is B8 Real Estate.

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