Start on site for £25m Walton homes and resi

Harbur Construction has started to build the £25m mixed-use redevelopment of the former Walton Hospital off Rice Lane in Liverpool.

The project includes 195 homes being delivered jointly by Mulbury Homes and Riverside Group. The homes are made up of a mix of 135 houses, six bungalows and 51 apartments. Around 70 houses will be for private sale.

Walton Hospital resiThe 13.5-acre site will also see the development of a 19,000 sq ft Aldi foodstore.

The hospital was demolished in 2011 after services were transferred to Fazakerley. Mersey Care NHS Trust’s new Clock View Hospital, which opened in 2015, now occupies part of the site.

Andrew Booth, land and planning director at Mulbury, said: “Before we took on this scheme, the site had been lying vacant for some time and there were complex legal, planning and technical challenges to overcome before it could be redeveloped. The remediation of the site is progressing well given the challenging nature of the project. We’re now looking forward to seeing these new homes come out of the ground over the coming months and a new community taking shape.”

The Aldi supermarket is expected to complete by summer 2016. The housing part of the scheme is due to be complete by the end of 2017.

JLL acted as planning consultants on the scheme, while Manchester and Cheshire-based law firm Primas Law provided legal advice to Mulbury on the acquisition and sale of the land. The housing part of the scheme was designed by Cheshire-based Eden Building Design.

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