Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Peel Ports markets 1 million sq ft warehouse site

Peel Ports has appointed Jones Lang LaSalle and B8 Real Estate to master plan and market its 75 acre former Bridgewater paper mill site in the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Liverpool.

The site has planning for 1 million sq ft of storage space and is being marketed for port centric purposes as a multi modal site. The site has an existing berth on the Ship Canal connecting it directly to the Port of Liverpool via Peel Port’s container service which operates between Port of Liverpool and Port Salford in Manchester. It also has access to the rail network with an on-site branch line and is close to Junction 7 of the M53 motorway.

Tom Davis, Partner at B8 Real Estate, said: “Rarely does a site of such scale and flexibility come to the market. The former Bridgewater paper mill site responds to the need for large building footprints and is linked back to the Port of Liverpool and Liverpool2 – the post-Panamax deep water terminal currently under construction in the River Mersey. The Liverpool2 terminal will double container capacity at the port when it opens for business in 2015. With an existing planning consent for port use, the site can be developed quickly and is set to be a major force in UK logistics.”

Richard Evans, Industrial & Logistics Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, said: “The site has the potential to change the way that the UK’s occupiers think about logistics. We have the ability to deliver a 75 acre site, with excellent road, rail and water access linked back to Liverpool2. UK logistics is changing and this site will be at the forefront of that change.”

This development is a significant part of Peel Ports’ wider development plans for the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal, which include a number of multimodal port hub developments.