New life for eyesore site

A £7.5 MILLION industry zone has just opened up for business, transforming what was a derelict eyesore site next to one of the key routes into town.

Northern Trust officially launched the first phase of its development at Gerards Park, a 30,878 sq ft scheme off College Street.

Mike Grindrod, a director of the company said: “Despite the difficult economic climate, Northern Trust took the decision to invest in the region. The scheme has already proved popular and with a number of pre-lets already confirmed we are confident Gerards Park will prove a huge success.

“The development offers an excellent product in a first class location, suitable for new and existing businesses looking to start up, expand or relocate to the area.”

With the assistance of European Regional Development Fund money, Northern Trust plans to roll out the site in three phases.

The first phase is made up of 21 units split into three blocks with sizes ranging from 537 sq ft up to 3,789 sq ft. Units over 1,000 sq ft also include a fully fitted office.

Concrete service yards provide adequate circulation and loading facilities and there is ample car parking and quality landscaping around the scheme.

Council Leader Marie Rimmer said: “This is a key site en route into the town centre. The development brings this derelict site back into use and is a very welcome addition.

“The site remediation will also bring forward a further 3 acres for the future phased development, and initial plans include the provision of a 30,000 sq ft modern office building which could be available on a pre-let basis. “ Sir Howard Bernstein of the North West European Regional Development Fund added: “This is an important project for the local economy which our programme is pleased to have supported.

“Gerards Park will provide a major boost to the area, creating local jobs and supporting local businesses and the completion of this initial phase of the work is a key step along the way.”

The new development will be managed and marketed by Northern Trust’s in house management company Whittle Jones North West, and anyone interested in further details about the scheme can contact the team on 01257 238666.

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4:32pm Sat 15 Dec 12

quizling says...

why does Marie Rimmer always have to poke her oar in?was there a camera about?
why does Marie Rimmer always have to poke her oar in?was there a camera about? quizling

9:24am Sun 16 Dec 12

keepitreel says...

i presume the additional 3 acres is the bit of the park next to this site,instead of more office space that this town already has an abundant amount of of that is lying empty why not build low cost housing,we need more houses priced in the £400 a month bracket more than another white elephant.
i presume the additional 3 acres is the bit of the park next to this site,instead of more office space that this town already has an abundant amount of of that is lying empty why not build low cost housing,we need more houses priced in the £400 a month bracket more than another white elephant. keepitreel

5:00pm Sun 16 Dec 12

anthonywilson says...

It will be interesting to see the level of uptake this site has for new office and business tenants. St Helens already has a large number of offices that are currently available for rent. Most of the Bold Business Centre is empty, Mere Grange near Sutton Heath only has a very small number of businesses occupying the site and there are many other empty offices in the Town Centre in Century House that have allocated parking spaces that come included with the office rental costs. As others have said its more low cost housing thats needed, not offices which might stand empty for years to come. As technology has moved forward, the need for larger office premises these days for most small and medium businesses becomes less and less.
It will be interesting to see the level of uptake this site has for new office and business tenants. St Helens already has a large number of offices that are currently available for rent. Most of the Bold Business Centre is empty, Mere Grange near Sutton Heath only has a very small number of businesses occupying the site and there are many other empty offices in the Town Centre in Century House that have allocated parking spaces that come included with the office rental costs. As others have said its more low cost housing thats needed, not offices which might stand empty for years to come. As technology has moved forward, the need for larger office premises these days for most small and medium businesses becomes less and less. anthonywilson

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