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Old December 26th, 2014, 02:11 PM   #221
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It looks like a prime site right at the heart of the waterfront will become available when the Police sell up. Fingers crossed for something good happening.

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Talks are to begin over the future of cash-strapped Merseyside Police’s Canning Place headquarters.

As revealed exclusively by the ECHO in October, the force is “actively considering” the sale of the force’s waterfront headquarters as part of a massive overhaul of its current estate.

Canning Place, which overlooks the Albert Dock, is in desperate need of repairs and is considered on the cusp of not being fit for purpose.

While £26m is set to be ploughed into carrying out urgent work on the building, which lies by Liverpool One, the force is now considering its sale.

A spokesman for police commissioner Jane Kennedy today confirmed that discussions “will now begin about the future of Merseyside Police headquarters”.

Plans to invest £44m in a new organised crime command centre in Speke – enabling the force to move out of the various city buildings it leases – could enable headquarters-based staff to be relocated.

Speaking to the ECHO in October, chief constable Sir Jon Murphy said: “He said: “Obviously when Liverpool One was built it was considered and a decision taken that they didn’t want to sell it. The previous chief constable was of a mind to sell it but it wasn’t valued at what we thought. But that is actively being considered now.

“It is in a beautiful location but for operational purposes it [being in the city centre] isn’t ideal.

“It’s an option, not a firm plan. It is being considered but the first big step is the serious, organised crime command in Speke.”

Mrs Kennedy today said that there had been “overwhelming support” for her £130m proposals to overhaul the police’s estate.

At least 20 police stations are set to be sold off in the massive police shake-up – though many are already mothballed or inaccessible to the public.

It is understood that the force believes it can save £2.5m each year on the current £12m cost of its estate, protecting 65 police officer posts each year.

Under the plans, each local authority area would have an area headquarters, with many stations closed and replaced with so-called community stations or “patrol hubs”.

Following a two-month consultation event, Mrs Kennedy said more than 3,760 members of the public, partners, police officers and staff had been spoken to, with 2,492 people giving a response and 92% supporting the plan.

She said: “I’m pleased that the people of Merseyside have shown such overwhelming support for these proposals.

“It is clear that people across the region recognise the need for Merseyside Police to update and modernise their buildings and stations so the force is in the best possible position to serve the public and fight crime today and in the future.

“The vast majority of people my team and I spoke to recognised that while these proposals are driven by the need to save money and protect officer’s jobs, they also provide the perfect opportunity to improve our stations and buildings and make Merseyside Police even more accessible to people in our region.

Merseyside Police’s estate currently consists of 78 buildings, with an average of 52 years, and some dating as far back as 1890.

Under the scheme, each local authority will have a new or refurbished area headquarters and with community stations, housing teams of neighbourhood officers and PCSOs, open to the public on a regular basis each week.
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Old December 26th, 2014, 10:59 PM   #222
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Chancery House | Mixed Use | Proposed

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Plans have been submitted to turn the red-brick Gordon Smith Institute on Paradise Street into an apartment block with a five-storey extension.

A restaurant or shop would be located under the flats, as well as an ‘artisan-style’ cafe.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 02:25 PM   #223
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Cammell Laird revives plans for windfarm maintenance facility at historic Birkenhead site

Cammell Laird have revived plans in Wirral for an operations centre serving offshore windfarms.

Proposals for a marine operations facility at Alabama Way in Birkenhead were turned down by planners earlier this year.

Alabama Way is in the historic Monks Ferry area of the town, near where monks are thought to have run the first regular Mersey crossing.

The company said the scheme could create up to 45 jobs maintaining wind farms off the Merseyside coast.

However, objections were raised by people living nearby, as well as those who used the slipway which they said is the only publicly accessible slipway not affected by the tide.

With all other Mersey access points, including Liverpool Marina, dependent on tide times the slipway is also the only place boats can always meet the emergency services.

According to documents submitted to Wirral council the company has lodged an appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission. It has also submitted a new application for “an on shore office, warehouse building and pontoon that will serve as a marine operations and maintenance facility for off shore projects”.

The shipyard wants to use the current pay and display car park site which it says is rarely used.

The planning documents say the proposed building will provide an operational base to serve the marine facility operators and: “This will be far more convenient than a location within the impounded dock system on the Liverpool side of the Mersey where access to the Mersey is sometimes slow, subject to tidal levels, inconvenient and expensive as the vessels always enter or leave the docks through a lock system. The site will bring highly skilled and specialist employment to Birkenhead.

“The jobs are envisaged to be in the renewable energy and engineering sector and Wirral is developing as a centre of excellence in these areas of activity. The facility will receive support from the adjoining Cammell Laird shipyard and from the Marine and Technical College.”

In the application the company also says: “Emergency vessels including the inshore rescue boats and the RNLI lifeboats will be able

to use the proposed pontoon and will have access to enhanced facilities on this part of the Wirral bank of the Mersey, where none presently exist.”

The earliest decision date for the application is January 19.
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Old December 28th, 2014, 11:03 PM   #224
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Another proposal related to the energy sector, that's the fourth this month.

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Ambitious plans to create a new multi million pound Offshore Safety Training Centre at Wirral Waters have been revealed.

Wirral council has submitted the planning application and is seeking funding for the centre in Birkenhead.

The authority says the aim is to support local companies involved in the renewable energy sector and initiatives taking place in the Liverpool Bay and Irish Sea - a major growth sector for the Liverpool City Region.

The plans by Wirral council aim to see the centre built at West Float - part of the Wirral Waters site and close to the proposed International Trade Centre, which has planning permission.

The site has been cleared ahead of Wirral Waters developments, and the Offshore Safety Training Centre (OSTC) would have access to Gilbrook Basin, which currently contains the former minesweeper HMS Bronington while its future is decided.

The council says that currently local businesses in the maritime sector say they need to send people to Fleetwood - Blackpool and Fylde College which is usually booked up six months in advance, up to Aberdeen and sometimes as far away as Germany for offshore survival training.

A spokesman said: “So we are looking at the potential to develop one here in response to serve businesses in Wirral, across the city region and north east wales.

“Wirral’s offshore engineering capabilities led us to become the only CORE (Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering) on the west coast of the country and through our regional growth fund programme we have supported companies in accessing opportunities in the offshore wind sector etc.

“An offshore survival training facility will further support our offer to businesses already here and businesses looking to invest here.”

The council says a survey was carried out through Invest Wirral and Mersey Maritime to gauge the demand for such a facility and the spokesman added: “We are working with Peel Holdings to site such a facility in Wirral Waters (Enterprise Zone) and are bidding through the Coastal Communities Fund to help pay for it.”

According to the planning application: “Potential users of the facility include the developers if te two large offshore windfarms and companies undertaking exploration for oil and gas reserves. Other potential users are port and ferry operators.”

Training would be both classroom based and include “practical simulations” ranging from ditching helicopters to rig fires.

As well as a classroom for 16 trainees, the proposed centre would also include a 10m by 20m training tank, offices and outside a replica helipad and shipping containers.

The documents accompanying the planning application say the building would be “robust and functional” and clearly visible from Beaufort Road.
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Old December 30th, 2014, 05:13 PM   #225
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Old December 30th, 2014, 08:24 PM   #226
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I was passing earlier and managed to snag the web address off the developers board - http://www.schemeglobal.co.uk/calder-house-liverpool/

It will be a development of 11 three-bed apartments with underground car parking. A similar development was first proposed by the same developers in 2010 before being withdrawn before determination. An application for the current development was submitted in February 2013, with permission being granted in July of the same year.

Planning Explorer link - http://northgate.liverpool.gov.uk/Pl...DAURI=PLANNING

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Old December 31st, 2014, 05:46 PM   #227
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Film and television studios proposed for Liverpool

Liverpool City Council is looking into plans to develop a film and television facility in the city.

Although in early discussions, the project is being backed by Lime Pictures, which is seeking to grow its studio space.

“The city recognises that the film and TV industry contributes significantly to Liverpool’s economy and supports hundreds of jobs. We can confirm we are looking at the possibility of developing a dedicated film and TV facility and have had some initial discussions about how this could be developed,” a city council spokesperson told Prolific North.

“However, we are at very early stages and are not in a position to make further comment.”

Lime is driving the plans forward, with increasing commissions both in the UK and overseas. For its productions of Evermoor and House of Anubis, it had to film in warehouses in Cheshire, due to the lack of bespoke studio space near its Childwall headquarters.

Liverpool is currently undergoing a “creative review” which is led by Professor Phil Redmond, to explore the best ways to “maintain and grow” the city’s reputation for creativity, culture and commerce.

Last month it was revealed that the Liverpool economy earned £9m through location filming.

However, it doesn’t have a studio space, unlike Manchester. A lack of filming space for major productions appears to be a UK-wide issue, with Tony Jordan stating he was being forced to look overseas to film his major BBC series, Dickensian, having failed to find somewhere in the UK. They scouted from “London to Liverpool” to hire a warehouse or studio.

- See more at: http://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/2014/....t1ZWGJyx.dpuf
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 04:07 PM   #228
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This Regeneration Liverpool project involves the refurbishment of the former ABC Cinema in Lime Street as part of our overall development proposals for the area. The project will involve the creation of a new Auditoria and Venue with associated restaurants as part of a new concept brand to be launched in 2015.
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Possible future skyline?

One tower is now in the pipeline and the other is still a proposal although it's high up on the land owners agenda.



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Old January 3rd, 2015, 03:25 PM   #230
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Who has proposed the building above, Paul? Is it JMU?
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Who has proposed the building above, Paul? Is it JMU?

I'm not to sure to be honest?
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Old January 8th, 2015, 04:37 PM   #237
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I can't say I'm a fan of it either.
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Liverpool council to expand River Mersey cruise liner terminal to handle even bigger ships

Liverpool's cruise liner terminal is to be expanded to handle even bigger cruise ships, city council bosses have revealed

This year the facility, at Princes Dock, will welcome 54 ships bringing with them more than 80,000 passengers– a 40% increase on last year.

A report to the city council cabinet this week is recommending that the authority purchases the temporary structure which it is currently renting, and extends it so that it can deal with up to 1,800 passengers per vessel.

In the meantime, the council will continue to explore the building of a permanent facility on the waterfront.
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Unilever to invest £200 million in the North-West

The investment, will see the opening of a new global IT centre, the completion of the construction of a new personal care factory, producing British brands including TRESemmé and Radox, and several new R&D facilities in collaboration with north-west academic institutions.

It will also help enable the north-west to continue to be one of the most innovative regions in the country.

Unilever, founded in the model village of Port Sunlight more than 125 years ago by William Lever, is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and employs more than 2,500 people at its Port Sunlight site. With roles created in the new factory, the historic home of the Anglo-Dutch multi-national will be home to more than one third of the UK workforce, making it one of the company’s key global R&D, manufacturing and IT hubs.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “Unilever is an iconic company that exports around the world.

“Their decision to invest £200 million in their Port Sunlight site secures jobs for the future and is fantastic news for the region and a vote of confidence in the UK.

“These highly skilled jobs in this export industry are exactly the kind of opportunities we want to see created which is why in last month’s Autumn Statement I provided further incentives for R&D in the UK.

“I want Britain to be a country where companies want to invest and create jobs, which is exactly what Unilever is doing today.“

Unilever UK and Ireland Executive Chairman, Graeme Pitkethly, said: “Unilever’s legacy in Port Sunlight goes back over 125 years – it is the historic home of our company which today operates in more than 190 countries.

“With everyday products and much loved brands produced here and found in 9 out of 10 British households, our £200 million investment into Unilever Port Sunlight is a significant moment that will provide a platform for our business in the UK and across the globe for years to come.

“We are proud to have had the opportunity to show the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer the investments made and to demonstrate Port Sunlight’s continued strategic importance as we look to the future and continue to build on the Lever legacy.“
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I can't say I'm a fan of it either.
I find it intriguing - and a little gothic-futuristic. The most important thing is the quality of materials; which I believe are good.
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