A Runcorn industrial estate in the shadow of the new Mersey bridge is to be re-thought to meet growing demand from the new bridge.
A multi-disciplinary team led by town planners, urban designers, and architects from BDP has been appointed by Halton Borough Council to draw up a five year masterplan and delivery strategy to guide the regeneration of Astmoor Industrial Estate in Runcorn.
The site includes 16 acres of land yet to be developed.
The Mersey Gateway Bridge passes over the estate on elevated piers and the prominence and accessibility of Astmoor to the strategic highway network has been raised significantly by the new bridge, which opened in 2017.
BDP are assisted by commercial property consultancy JLL, Curtins highway engineers, and social value experts EKOSGEN. The specialist team are supporting the Council and its partner the Astmoor Business Improvement District (BID) in defining a transformational shared vision to secure the long-term future and prosperity of Astmoor as a ‘stand out’ business location. The masterplan and delivery strategy will define a portfolio of development and investment opportunities and a five year plan to guide regeneration activity.
The Masterplan and outcome of the consultation exercise are anticipated to be presented to the Council in spring 2019.
Astmoor is one of eight Regeneration Impact Areas identified in the Mersey Gateway Regeneration Plan Plus.