An announced has been made for a £4 million business centre at Innovation Park Edge Lane to be called 'The Bunker'
...Developer Capital & Centric (C&C) is already set to carry out a £19m transformation of the empty art-deco site off Edge Lane in a scheme which may include a hotel.
Now C&C wants to turn the currently derelict warehouse nearby, known as the Bunker, into 18 small office suites for micro-businesses and growing small and medium-sized firms.
The project is due to be considered by the city’s planning committee in March and work could start on site towards the middle of this year.
The Bunker was originally designed for the storage of Littlewoods catalogues.
The office suites in the building would range from 320 sq ft to 600 sq ft and the finished development would total 17,500 sq ft.
Manchester-based C&C has a proven track record in Liverpool, having recently completed a multi-million pound office development at Estuary Commerce Park in Speke.
It is also on site close to Liverpool John Lennon airport where it is building a 50,000 sq ft business park.
C&C is buying the Bunker site from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Company director Tim Heatley said: “Our innovative solution utilises the existing concrete frame to create a skeletal shell. The walls of the new structure are set back to create a funky and interesting shape.
“We wanted to create great value incubation space for business start-ups and other small and growing businesses – they need somewhere which looks cool and gives them their own identity.”
Social “break-out” space will be created in the rear and centre of the ground floor of the structure, which may appeal to creative and digital occupiers.
The plans to adapt and refurbish the 1938 Littlewoods building were submitted to the city council late last year.
If planning permission is granted, work could start this summer.
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