Back in May 2010 the Bridgewater Paper Company went into liquidation. Its 75 acre site at Ellesmere Port on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal (MSC) was acquired by the Peel Ports Group in June of that year.
Fast forward to December 2013 when Peel Ports unveiled plans to transform the brownfield site into a multimodal port hub.
Peel Ports has appointed Jones Lang LaSalle and B8 Real Estate to masterplan and market the former papermill site for port centric logistics.
On completion it will allow Peel Ports to offer its customers an enhanced service, capitalising on the site’s excellent connections to the UK’s major transport networks. An existing berth on the Ship Canal connects it directly to the Port of Liverpool via an already established container shuttle service and the rail network is easily accessed with an on-site branch line. Direct access to the UK’s motorway network is by way of Junction 7 of the M53, only 750 metres from the site gate.
Tom Davis, Partner at B8 Real Estate said “Rarely does a site of such scale and flexibility come to the market and we are delighted to be working with Peel Ports to deliver their vision of transforming UK logistics. This site is linked back to the Port of Liverpool and Liverpool 2 (see Sea Breezes, August 2013), the post-Panamax deep water terminal presently under construction in the River Mersey. The Liverpool 2 terminal will double container capacity at the port when it opens for business in 2015.
With an existing planning consent for port use, the Bridgewater site can be developed quickly and is set to become a major force in UK logistics.”