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Port Cheshire ready for development

75 acre former brownfield site, Port Cheshire, has consent for developments up to 1,000,000 sq.ft

Peel Ports Group is looking for potential occupiers for its Port Cheshire multi-modal development site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.

The site of the former Bridgewater Paper Mill in Ellesmere Port is central to a growing multimodal port and can be developed as a single unit development of up to 1,000,000sq.ft.or a number of small developments from 100,000 sq.ft.

The development reflects Peel Ports Group’s ambitions for the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal, offering customers bespoke port-centric facilities with direct access to the UK’ rail and motorway networks.

An existing operating berth on the Ship Canal connects the site directly to the Port of Liverpool via Peel Ports’ container shuttle service and the rail network is easily accessed with an on-site branch line. The national motorway system is within a few hundred yards of the site via junction 7 of the M53.

With existing planning consent for port use, Port Cheshire could be developed within a 9 – 12 month window. Peel Ports Group has appointed AEW as their specialist logistics architects and Jones Lang LaSalle and B8 Real Estate as their marketing team for the  75 acre site.

Over recent years there has been significant development activity in the Ellesmere Port area, with global firms such as Interserve, Regatta, Scania and Prowell building and operating warehousing and distribution facilities. Port Cheshire has a catchment area of ten million people, which means potential occupiers will have access to a highly skilled local workforce, living within an hour’s drive of the site.

Andrew Martin, group land and property director at Peel Ports, said: “Port Cheshire offers customers unrivalled flexibility, through existing rail and water links, enhanced by direct access to the region’s motorway network. It provides the perfect platform for port centric development linked to the new Liverpool2 terminal and the Manchester Ship Canal.

“Liverpool2 is the post-Panamax deep water container terminal currently under construction in the River Mersey. The Liverpool2 terminal will double capacity at the port when it opens for business in 2015.

“Our strategic port locations and our diverse commodity expertise mean that we not only offer the best solution for importing and exporting goods, but we also provide the quickest and most efficient routes to market.

“The development of property and assets both on and near our port estates is at the core of our strategic thinking and with sites across the UK we are able to further diversify and strengthen our offering to our customers, across a variety of sectors.”

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