The ceremony, held at the iconic Titanic Hotel on the evening of 1 September, recognised those who have delivered outstanding results and shone a light on the developers, projects and deals that have helped shape the Liverpool city region.
Regeneration business Peel L&P won both ‘Developer of the Year’ and the ‘Future Ambition Award’ at last night’s event.
The sheer scale and impact of the Wirral Waters regeneration scheme, coupled with the progress made over the last two years, earned the team recognition through the Future Ambition Award. This award, voted on by peers in the industry, recognises the project that will have the greatest transformational impact.
At Wirral Waters, nestling between Birkenhead and Wallasey, the process of regeneration has continued to move forward, and many milestones have been reached. Included in the achievements are new streetscapes competed, work on new homes across Northbank started and Hythe, a 25,000 sq ft highly sustainable and flexible business hub, is now onsite.
The focus on sustainability – with the vision for Wirral Waters to be the most sustainable regeneration project of its kind – was also a key feature in the Future Ambition award category. With Wirral Waters now in delivery mode new developments include key features such as sustainable drainage, tree planting, the creation of new green space, improving access to blue space and encouraging active travel – with space for pedestrians and cyclists across Wirral Waters through the Wirral Waters Cycling Action Plan. The team at Peel L&P work closely with Wirral Council to ensure active travel and new public transport routes will facilitate the growth of new communities that do not rely on cars.
Commenting on the Future Ambition award for Wirral Waters, Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development for Peel L&P’s Wirral Waters, said: “The projects onsite this year including residential, commercial and public realm, will lay the foundations for the delivery of the masterplan in its entirety – boosting investor and occupier confidence and establishing Wirral Waters as a place – somewhere people want to live, work and play.
The impact these projects will have on the local community will be huge – creating jobs and growing the economy, creating new high-quality sustainable homes. and improving the health and wellbeing of local residents.”
Peel L&P also won the coveted ‘Developer of the Year’ award, recognising the work that has continued across Liverpool Waters, Wirral Waters and the Mersey Heat district heat network (Peel NRE), with all three projects reaching major milestones for the business.
Onsite at Liverpool Waters plans were submitted and approved for the regeneration of Bramley-Moore Dock which will be home to Everton Football Club’s state-of-the-art 52,888-capacity stadium, The Lexington also hit an impressive milestone by topping out in August 2020 – adding to Liverpool’s iconic skyline and five new tenants took space onsite, despite the current challenging period.
Jesse Hartley Way, a new link road connecting the new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal (currently onsite) was completed in October 2020 on behalf of Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority who funded the scheme. During the period around 240 homes also came to market with the Regenda / Peel L&P private rent scheme, Plaza 1821, and Romal Capital’s Park Central having completed April and June 2020 respectively.
Peel NRE’s Mersey Heat district heat network will provide low carbon heat and hot water to more than 9,000 homes and 4 million sq ft of commercial space at Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters development and other nearby buildings.
More than 2.8km of pipework has already been installed so buildings at Liverpool Waters’ Princes Dock and 540 apartments at Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Docks are ‘connection ready’. The project reached another key milestone in February by securing planning consent for an energy centre housing the heat-generating equipment, with water source heat pumps to serve the network.
Commenting on the Developer of the Year award, Neil Baumber, Director of Development – Residential – at Peel L&P, said, “This award is testament to our commitment to the Liverpool City Region over many years. We continue to work with colleagues in local and regional government, as well as our partner investors and developers, to drive forward these critical regeneration projects and realise their full potential for people and businesses across the region.”