Halton council's Widnes Waterfront Regeneration vehicle has appointed Taylor Young to update the masterplan and delivery strategy for the 200-acre former industrial area in South Widnes.
The revised masterplan will suggest uses for the undeveloped sites taking the programme up to 2013. Taylor Young will be advised by the BE Group on economic development issues and Faber Maunsell on ground conditions, transportation and flood risk.
Four years after the original masterplan was created, Widnes Waterfront has so far delivered 285,000 sq ft of office and industrial space. Developments already complete include Forward Point, Easter Park and Turnstone Business Park.
Jim Fox, director at Taylor Young, said: "Even in midst of the credit crunch, Widnes Waterfront has the potential in the medium to long term to be transformed as an exciting riverside employment and leisure led mixed use area, building on successes already achieved and the huge potential offered by proposals for the Mersey Gateway crossing immediately to the west."