Urban Splash Wirral Waters July 2019

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Urban Splash outlines first homes at Wirral Waters

The developer has revealed more details of the first 30 houses to be brought to Wirral Waters under a wider 347-home joint venture with Peel L&P.

Designed by architect ShedKM, the first homes will be built on a brownfield plot east of the Grain Warehouse apartments on Northbank East, part of the wider Wirral Waters site.

Two modular house types will be used in the first phase: Town House, forming a frontage along the dock edge; and Row House, which will provide three perpendicular terraces set around shared gardens for residents.

Under the application, there will be 15 three-storey Town Houses and 15 Row Houses, the latter of which can be either two, two-and-a-half, or three storeys depending on buyer requirements.

The JV announced earlier this month it would be submitting a planning application to Wirral Council for the site and planning documents have now revealed more details behind the proposals. Eden Planning advised the JV on its application.

The company has already delivered its modular concept at sites in Birmingham, Salford, Manchester, and North Shields, and is currently planning its fifth site in Manchester’s New Islington this year. Other sites in the pipeline include Milton Keynes and Walsall.

Urban Splash and Peel L&P secured £2.5m in March this year from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund for enabling works for the site. The developer’s application is the second housing scheme to move forward at the site following the approval of Wirral Waters One in December last year; this features 500 homes and is worth around £90m.

Wirral Waters has an overall investment value of £4.5bn and is set to include a mix of uses, including housing, commercial, leisure, and education.

In total, Peel L&P, Wirral Council, and their partners have planning consent to deliver 13,521 homes, 4.5m sq ft of offices and research space; 650,000 sq ft of retail; 1m sq ft of education and leisure space;  and 410,000 sq ft of hotel and conferencing facilities.

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Some Row House product in Manchester please… New Islington would suit some of them

By modular

Quality architects – more of this please in Liverpool too.

By LEighteen

Any social housing or is Wirral council not interested

By Ed k

Remarkable. We need a lot more of this in a Wirral totally independent of Merseyside/LCR. Remove the association with a risky reputation, and the good will follow..

By Heswall

Heswell – you’re completely off your rocker if you think Wirral is stronger outside of Liverpool City Region. A huge part of the foundation of Wirral Waters is forming a piece of the LCR jigsaw – e.g. opportunity to plug the gap in Grade A office missing in Liverpool city centre and tap into the student resi market. The short term appeal of these will be for people working in Liverpool city centre, which is only 3 minutes from Birkenhead.

Divisions will get us nowhere. Greater Manchester’s successes have largely been down to being way ahead of the game in terms of unity – we’ve just about got there with the devolution agreement, and its in everyone’s interests in the 6 districts to present a united front. Thankfully, this is largely recognised by the respective leaderships: hopefully your view is a minority one.

By Metro Merr

The livetpool city region is there to benefit liverpool and every where else has been left to rot metro man

all very good for liverpool to bump up its population figures to attract investment but all the investment will never be seen outside liverpool city centre

By Sea monkey

Liverpool is a Global brand ,,,end of.

By Paul

Metro Merr. Wrong – Heswall (note the correct spelling) is in a majority of at least two now. Half of Wirral was highjacked from the ancient shire county of Cheshire in 1974. Until that point Wirral was doing very well including a thriving working maritime facility on the very spot where this development is being proposed….and is next door to the former thriving flour mill (latterly RHM), still standing tall and proud, thankfully having been missed by the demolition ball and chain.

By Meols Monitor

Wirral is definitely part of Liverpool. Lack of spending is down to WMBC and government, not Liverpool. Recent creation of Liverpool City Region and metro mayor should improve things going forward. I also think Chester (where I am from) should also be part of the city region.

By Chris

Divisions will get “Liverpool” nowhere, as for the rest of us its a different matter. The Wirral could be a brand name in itself and prosper. We have beaches and golf courses promoted as Liverpool for Liverpool. Liverpool needs its neighbours far more than its neighbours need Liverpool.

By Steeles Field 1887

@Steeles Field 1887 there has been 40 years of ‘brand Wirral’. Take a walk around Birkenhead to see if this strategy has worked. Oh and then look across the Mersey at the cranes and talls to see what a focus on ‘brand Liverpool’ has achieved in half that time.

By LEighteen

@Chris.I don`t believe you are from Chester. Sorry but I just don`t. If Chester ever does get swallowed up by Liverpool, I will leave.

By Deva

I find it ironic LEighteen how brand Liverpool (daft name) is doing so well as if once Liverpool city does alright the rest will simply follow. It never does.
We need a brand Wirral 100% separate and outside of the misleadingly named Liverpool city region.

By Anonymous

As a Wirral native, Heswall and all the other odd little snobs need to get over themselves. Liverpool City Region is a good thing. Wirral is a peninsula of land with industrial towns which developed off the back of Liverpool’s growth (Mr Laird originally worked in Liverpool and saw an opportunity with the completely undeveloped North shore. Then his docks development failed and had to be taken over by Port of Liverpool… ) and 20th century suburbs which again largely developed off the back of liverpool. Sure there were some old villages like everywhere, but largely they just got absorbed by the suburb building machine. After the abolition of Merseyside Country Council, Wirral Borough did sod all to develop for decades. Now we’re seeing more dynamic development. As GM found long ago, regional unity is strength.


Being from Oxton, the Wirral has never felt like a part of Liverpool. It is only seems to be seen as a part of Liverpool when it suits those in Liverpool.
Maybe a few developments and Liverpool sharing the cake may change this? I won’t hold my breath.

By Anonymous

Identify with geographical place of birth and childhood is part of human nature (tied to family, neighbourhood, community). In a purely individualist market society (house-hopping, town-hopping, partner-hopping, job-hopping, old-age care home hopping?) people identify not with place but sexual orientation, color of skin, and so on. But locality and place are still identifiers for most people. London bureaucratts split up the country, time and again, to save money. Just because some bureacrat says, for example, Hyde, Cheshire is in Manchester, or Diggle, Yorkshire is in Manchester, or Marple Bridge, Derbyshire is too, does not mean it is, it just means the administrators treat these places as such. Of course the Wirral, Cheshire is not a subunit of Liverpool or Merseyside (what that?). I also wonder about the hundreds of names given to the city of Manchester. Every block has its own locality and nobody knows where the borders are: Northern Quarter, Ancouts, Piccadilly (in London), Beswick. New Islington, Holt Town, and so on. Every new block of flats seems to be its own village. Very odd.

By James Yates

Hilarious. The parochial Wirral and Liverpool Nimbys are precisely the reason why the whole area/region gets much less investment than it should. Manchester is streets ahead and booming whilst you lot argue over a 2 story houses in a rather irrelevant part of the country. Time to pull your heads out the sand I think…

By Mansquito

Never fails to surprise me how when some people go to work in a city they want it to thrive through entrepreneurship and innovation driving and opportunity, and when they return home to their suburb or village the same people want it wrapped in suffocating planning and regulation. I guess its called self-interest, but not everything that’s in our self-interest is in the public interest.

By Rich X

Indeed, identify isn’t what administrators say. But what they say is also a actual legal, operational and technical reality, as apposed to a vague personal projection, often in many cases in relation to this out of delusional snobbery. I wonder if the Oxton resident writes ‘Oxton, Birkenhead’ on their address as the area is most surely an intergrated part of it’s mother town…Even pre 1974 few people identified in particular with the remote concept of ‘Cheshire’ any more than Liverpool did usually with Lancashire. Moreso for most of the population with the large County Boroughs of Birkenhead, Wallasey etc, with their various joint committees, cross river etc. Denying the connection given how many Wirral suburbanites cross the river for work every day is daft. Many will remember the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, in Heswall….the Royal Liverpool Golf Club still a key feature of Hoylake, note neither named after the small suburban towns they’re based in.

Yes they’re different places, in history and reality and technically and politically, but they’re also deeply connected both historically and now and denying that has little reason or purpose beyond simple, basic, ignorant snobbery. And regional development needs to operate way beyond that, which thankfully it is now largely doing not withstanding the standard moaners.


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