Merseyside Update 2019 (44)
The Liverpool City Region metro mayor called for greater devolution to level up the economy

Rotheram: £26m from Govt is only ‘tip of the iceberg’

Dan Whelan

Four projects across Liverpool City Region, including the redevelopment of Littlewood Studios and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, have received a combined total of £26m from Whitehall’s Getting Building Fund. 

Of the total, the two city centre schemes received a combined £13m – only a fraction of the £200m that Liverpool City Council requested in its bid for funding for “shove-ready” projects that could boost the economy post-Covid-19.

The other two projects to win funding from the £900m pot were the planned Halsnead Garden Village mixed-use community in Knowsley, and the Glass Futures research and development centre in St Helens. 

The city region bid for a total of £1.4bn last month to unlock £9bn worth of projects it said could create more than 120,000 jobs.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “These four projects will create thousands of jobs and play a key role in the first stages of our economic recovery after coronavirus.

“While today’s funding is welcome, it is only the tip of the iceberg of support we need from the Government.” 

The selected projects are:

Littlewoods Studios – £11m

Littlewoods Studio CGI 2

Capital & Centric wants to redevelop the Littlewoods building to create a TV hub

The Littlewoods Building on Edge Lane would be transformed into a hub for the film and television industry under plans from Manchester-based developer Capital & Centric.  

UK-based Twickenham Studios has already agreed to take 85,000 sq ft of the scheme, and Capital & Centric is in talks with an unnamed education provider that would take the scheme to around 60-70% pre-let.

The project will cost £54m in total and the £11m provided by Government is the first tranche of a larger £17m contribution to be made in the coming months, it said last week.  

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) Capacity Development – £2m 

This project will see the creation of a research and development network for infectious diseases. 

Phase one involves the refurbishment of existing facilities at the Pembroke Place building in the city centre.  

Glass Futures – £9m 

A 90,000 sq ft research and development centre for the glass industry is to be built on a site next to St Helens R.F.C.’s Totally Wicked Stadium. 

The facility will include multidisciplinary glass melting facility with provision for research and development trials within a safe environment, and space available for commercial lettings. 

Halsnead Garden Village – £4m 

The mixed-use scheme in Knowsley is set to become one of 14 garden villages nationally and the funding secured from the Government’s Getting Building Fund will go towards the development of 55 acres into a logistics and employment site adjacent to the proposed 1,600 homes. 

Rotheram added: “Devolution – and combined authorities like ours – should be central to the Government’s plans for recovery.

“By taking powers and money from Westminster and giving them to local people, we are able to shape a recovery that works for us, as we are in seeing with projects like these.” 

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More government money for the chosen city…oh no wait.

By Not L1

Are there any comparisons for funding granted for the North and South? It would be interesting to see how the money has been distributed and if we as the North have been “short changed again?”

By Emperor of the North

Good. Let’s fight the status quo head on with our own local media, instead of the one city bias of ITV & the BBC.

Build some grade A office space to attract investment. Zip wires across the city isn’t good enough and attracts the type of visitors we don’t want.

At the end of the day we are at the back of the queue by default. Self sustainability is the name of the game.

By Michael McDonut

The film studios will provide an important boost to the LCR economy and profile, in addition the St Helens project is a good,positive step for the town and region, for a place of its size (pop 150,000) St Helens deserves to have faster rail links to the rest of the country considering it has electrified lines.
Hopefully the cruise liner terminal will proceed soon,as it appears that cruises are slowly now picking up again , if its ready in 2 years time things might be back to near normal.

By sound

Are they building any more Liverpool office’s or have the government stopped them again?! We had the world first office’s and invented the world first filing cabinet I believe which were for ship’s originally but made Liverpool famous around the world!!

By Mary Woolley

Will or wont this money really be allocated beyond Liverpool city centre? That is the question. Liverpool has always feathered its own nest.

By Heswall

Littlewoods Film Studios will fill the gap that prevents the region capitalising on all those blockbusters shot in the city that can’t be produced here. What happened to the sustainable energy projects? Our great rivers, Mersey, Dee and Ribble should be our greatest assets, producing energy from tidal lagoons. The UK will have to invest in these projects if it is to move forward and steal a march in these technologies.

By Red Squirrel

Heswall can you not read. The article states £9m for Glass Futures in St Helens and £4m for a scheme in Knowsley. I bet if money was allocated to Birkenhead you would still complain as its not going to Heswall.

By Wirral

It aint fair Liverpool getting all this money when there are people starving in the world.

By BL9 (not L1)

26m for Liverpool – and its still not good enough.
We could have done with some of this in Burnley town centre. All we got was 3.6m.
Its not Liverpool who complains too much. Its the rest who dont complain enough.

By Anonymous

Here comes Mary with her filing cabinet

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