Royal London Mutual Insurance Society are well on the way to preparing a planning application for a 100,000 sq ft distribution logistics warehouse at Atlantic Park.
As part of the planning process a public consultation took place at Netherton Community Centre on Thursday 19 October 2017, where people from all areas of the community were invited to see the plans first hand.
The planning application is on track to be submitted before Christmas 2017 and this detailed planning consent is covered by an overall planning consent for Atlantic Park.
Construction is anticipated to start in the second quarter 2018 with completion within 40 weeks.
Outsourced contact centre and software specialist Kura has selected Sefton for a major new site and its first outside of Scotland. The Glasgow-based company will occupy Caspian House at Atlantic Park, which is expected to house over 400 employees.
The move comes after Kura was selected as a strategic partner of Scottish Power for the next 5 years to become the utility giant’s largest outsource customer services provider. Following the highly competitive tender process which started in January 2016, Kura will provide Telephony handling services in the United Kingdom from 1st April 2017 onwards. The new telephony contracts meet Scottish Power’s promise of delivering all call handling services from UK based contact centres. The new contracts will also support current service teams and local communities by focusing on contact centres in existing Scottish Power regions.
When the new centre opens at Atlantic Park on Saturday 1st April, it will house 200 contact centre advisors, leaving an additional 200 seats available for Kura’s ambitious growth plans.
“We’re delighted to be opening this major new site in the thriving Liverpool area.” said Brian Bannatyne, Chief Executive of Kura. “Sefton offers a fantastic platform for our expansion within the UK and will create new jobs for those in the area. At Kura we’re out to build a very different business in our industry, one that is focused on its people and their development. Our philosophy is to help people be the best they can be and our vision is to be recognised across all organisations as unrivalled in developing people. Caspian House will be a flagship site, creating the right learning environment for the culture we are building."
The new site in Sefton is one of two major new sites opening this year with another in the North of Scotland, based at Forres. This will add an additional 700 seats to their rapidly expanding portfolio. As part of the new deal, Kura will TUPE transfer 500 employees directly from Capita.
Margaret Carney, Chief Executive at Sefton Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kura to Sefton in what is a fantastic boost for the local economy. The new call centre at Caspian House will create new jobs within the borough and I know the organisation has been supported by the fantastic teams at Invest Sefton and Sefton@Work.”
“Kura selecting Atlantic Park as the home for its first contact centre outside of Scotland shows that it sees the borough as the perfect springboard for future growth in the UK and reinforces that Sefton is open for business.”
ScottishPower’s Customer Service Director, Lynda Clayton said: “ScottishPower is already a significant employer across Merseyside, and we are pleased that our agreement with Kura will see a new office open in Sefton, creating many jobs. We are looking forward to working closely with Kura to deliver best in class service to our customers.”
Gareth Dickinson, head of property at Caspian House owner Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), says: “We are very pleased to welcome Kura to Atlantic Park. The fact that the company has chosen Caspian House as the location for its first call centre outside of Scotland is testament to the quality of the offering at the park.”
Balfour Beatty Rail has signed a 10-year lease on a 14,500 sq ft office within Royal London Asset Management's Alaska House in Atlantic Park, Liverpool.
Balfour Beatty will occupy the whole second floor and part of the first floor of the building.
This latest letting follows from Turtle Wax's recent establishment of its EMEA Headquarters at Alaska House. Other occupiers include Capita and One Vision Housing.
CBRE and GVA are joint agents on the building, while Matthews & Goodman represented Balfour Beatty Rail.
Neil Kirkham, associate director of office agency at CBRE's Liverpool office, said: "Atlantic Park is situated in an excellent location in the North West and continues to prove to be an attractive proposition for companies seeking Grade A offices within an established and successful commercial area."
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Members of Sefton Council were recently invited to view the new offices of Turtle Wax and meet staff, on the 4th floor of Alaska House, Atlantic Park.
Mark Brickhill, President EMEA Region at Turtle Wax, welcomed the Leader of Sefton Council - Cllr P Dowd, as well as a group of other Sefton Council members and officers to the offices.
From left: Cllr Ian Maher - Sefton Council Regeneration and Tourism, Margaret Carney - Sefton Council Chief Executive, Gareth Dickinson - Royal London Head of Property, Mark Brickhill President EMEA Region at Turtle Wax, Nigel Lax - Director of Industrial Securities, Cllr Peter Dowd - Leader of Sefton Council.
Members of Sefton Council pictured with Turtle Wax staff
Underlining the lack of portside storage space remaining at Peel Ports' Seaforth docks, subsidiary Mersey Docks & Harbour Company has signed a five-year lease on vacant former Rolls-Royce warehouses at Royal London Asset Management's Atlantic Park nearby.
Represented by Savills, RLAM let three adjoining industrial units at Atlantic Park totalling 210,000 sq ft, which the agent said was the largest leasehold deal to take place in Merseyside in the past 12 months.
Atlantic Park is in Dunningsbridge Road one mile from the M57 and M58 and two miles from the Port of Liverpool at Seaforth.
Jonathan Atherton, industrial director at Savills, said: "MDHB was one of a number of occupiers looking at these units at Atlantic Park, which is the closest development site to the Port. This letting will further facilitate the Port's expansion and reinforces the importance and influence the SuperPort will have on the region. We are confident of securing tenants for the remaining 90,000 sq ft of existing space and development plots in due course."
Peel Ports' £300m deep-water shipping terminal, called Liverpool 2, is due to complete in the middle of the Mersey at the end of this year, greatly increasing the size of ships and volume of cargo that can pass through the port, putting it in a better position to compete with Southern ports.
Savills acted jointly with GVA. MDHB was unrepresented.
Automotive polish manufacturer Turtle Wax is relocating its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) headquarters from Skelmersdale to Liverpool.
The company has signed a ten-year lease for 4,951 sq ft of offices on the fourth floor of the grade A Alaska House building in the 52-acre Atlantic Park business park. It is moving from East Gillibrands in Skelmersdale.
Aston Martin recently used the premises of BIG FT for a photo shoot, to launch the critically acclaimed V12 Vantage S - Aston Martin's 'most extreme sports car'. The super car boasts 565 bhp at 6,750 rpm and 0-60mph is achieved in only 3.7 seconds and has been described by many motoring journals as ' the best car Aston Martin makes!'
26 June 2012
The 26th June saw around 30 senior agents from the North West attend a private Breakfast at BIG FT to see first hand the recently completed refurbishment of the industrial and warehouse space. Also in attendance were representatives from Sefton Council as well as prospective tenants.
The refurbishment works for 180,000 sq ft of vacant space at Big Ft have now been completed. The contract was for 3 months and was completed on time on Friday 22nd June, ahead of the breakfast launch for regional interested parties and Industrial agents.
The owners of Atlantic Park have recently committed to refurbishment works at the current vacant Industrial units BIG FT.
The space is suitable for accommodating a wide range of uses from warehousing to manufacturing. BIG FT comprises four interconnecting bays, two of which are let to tenants. The remaining vacant areas- representing approximately 180,000 square feet, are part of a refurbishment scheme which will ensure the vacant space is ready to accept new tenants.
The building roof is having an overhaul to ensure the space is water tight; safety netting is installed to the internal roof line to enable any future maintenance work to take place safely at the 18.0m eaves inside the building. Additional access doors and associated concrete roads have been installed to give the building greater flexibility in its operation.
BIG FT units have also received paint to the internal walls and all ancillary office and welfare areas have been decorated.
Electrical testing of building systems and the craneage has also taken place. The space is ready for occupation or accept any specialist works by future occupiers. The contract awarded was for 3 months and will be completed on Friday 22nd June ahead of a breakfast launch for regional interested parties and Industrial agents.
The 20th Sefton Economic Forum was held at Caspian House, on Wednesday, 21st March 2012 and was organised by InvestSefton, Sefton Council and Sefton Chamber of Commerce.
The Economic Forum is Sefton's premier networking and consultation event and gives all businesses the opportunity to have a voice in the economic development of Sefton. Businesses were invited to the free event to learn how they could improve their productivity and transport themselves to a better position.
Companies heard from Sefton's Travel Team who promote and support sustainable travel initiatives in the borough. The team is managed by Sefton Council in partnership with Merseytravel and Sefton@Work with the aim of improving and supporting access to employment opportunities using sustainable modes of transport.
Attendees also got the opportunity to comment on the emerging Sefton Economic Strategy, and to learn about Google's legacy programme and how it can help businesses.
The Sefton Economic Forum was held at Caspian House, on Tuesday, 12th July and was organised by InvestSefton, Sefton Council and Sefton Chamber of Commerce.
After the Forum, the Lord Mayor of Sefton (Councillor Paul Cummins) officially opened Atlantic Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony. In attendance from left to right were Steve Dickson (Sefton Chamber), Gavin Quinn (InvestSefton), Margaret Carney (Sefton Council's Chief Executive), Gareth Dickinson (Royal London Asset Management) and Rob Currie (Industrial Securities).
When complete, Atlantic Park is expected to create 1,500 jobs and attract a significant amount of private sector investment to Sefton.
Civil engineering company Lagan Construction started the infrastructure project in late 2010. Works included the full upgrade and installation of a new high voltage electrical system with enhanced capacity, new gas distribution system, water and fire mains and a site-wide network of fibre-optic cable ducts which will accommodate the most up to date communication technology and future-proof the site.
The works were part-funded by the NWDA and also include the construction of a spine-road system throughout the park as well as a second controlled access road, which links with Bridal Road and puts Atlantic Park within ten minutes’ reach of Aintree train station. The roads have been named after seas and waterways associated with the Atlantic Ocean.Acoustic boundary fencing and extensive landscaping have been utilised across the site. Low energy street lighting, close-circuit security and new barrier controls have also been installed.
Rob Currie from Industrial Securities, the development managers acting on behalf of site owners Royal London Asset Management said: “This project has made Atlantic Park a development-ready site. The finished product will have broad appeal to a wide range of potential occupiers.
“By investing in high voltage power capability and fibre-optic cabling we have ensured that Atlantic Park has the infrastructure and services it needs to thrive and appeal to a mix of business and industrial users. We expect this investment to help generate enquiries.”
Atlantic Park comprises:
The building has undergone a £2.2m programme of refurbishment and remodelling works and is the second speculative phase of office development at Atlantic Park, which has received £3.1m funding from the European Regional Development Fund and a further £1.6m from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
Caspian House meets the BREEAM standard ‘very good’ and
includes a new, feature double height entrance, a mezzanine floor and
an external courtyard area. The building is served by 136 dedicated
on-site car parking spaces.
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The move provides Capita Symonds’ 134 staff with an improved collaborative work environment in a five storey, “Grade A” office facility.”Grade A classification identifies Alaska House to be in a prime location with excellent standards of development. Alaska house also has a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ‘very good’ rating, This means that Alaska House has met rigorous environmental performance criteria, relating to land use, ecology, energy efficiency and healthy internal working conditions. The team will occupy the third floor of the building and are due to move in at the end of January 2011.
The Landlord, Royal London Mutual Insurance Society has invested over £37m in the regeneration and development of Atlantic Park. Royal London Mutual Insurance Society are pleased to welcome Capita Symonds to their development, as a renowned FTSE 100 company that will help attract other major organisations. Another added bonus is that Capita Symonds works within the local community, is connected to the area, and is actively committed to creating more and more local jobs as the business develops.
Gary Massey, Business Director for Capita Symonds Sefton says “We’ve given detailed consideration of a number of options for the new business location over the past year. I believe that Alaska House will help us to realise both ours and the Council’s ambitions of improved service delivery and business growth within the borough as well as providing our staff and visitors with a first class environment. .”
Associate Commercial Manager and Project Manager for the office move, Andy Archer, said: “We are really pleased to have secured this opportunity with The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society and to be part of the wider Atlantic Park development, which is progressing rapidly. The new office will make a positive difference to staff and visitors, and will set the benchmark for future Capita Symonds office facilities.”
Formerly the offices of Rolls Royce, the redevelopment will see the self-contained Caspian House building updated and remodelled, removing the existing small office layout and creating Grade A, open-plan space. The building will meet the BREEAM standard ‘very good’ and will be served by 136 dedicated on-site car parking spaces. It will also feature double height sections to bring additional natural light into the space as well as fully accessible raised floors and LG7 lighting.
Having won the contract on competitive tender, Russells will be responsible for the internal fit out, mechanical and electrical engineering works, replacement roof, car park and external landscaping during a 26-week programme.
Gareth Russell, construction director of Russells Construction, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this £2.2m contract with Royal London. We believe that building strong relationships with our clients, and delivering schemes on time and on budget, will result in them coming back to us time and again. I’m pleased to see that this philosophy has seen Royal London, with whom we have worked on several successful commercial office schemes in the past, choose to work with us again.”
The Atlantic Park project is part-funded through £4.7m of grant funding. The scheme to develop 22 hectares on Dunnings Bridge Road in Sefton, has received £3.1m from the European Regional Development Fund and a further £1.6m from the North West Development Agency as part of their commitment to attracting further investment and the creation of up to 1,500 jobs in the area.
Caspian House is the second project Russells has carried out for Royal London at Atlantic Park, with the contractor having completed the refurbishment of the neighbouring warehouse in April 2009. Prior to this, Russells was also responsible for the construction of the Royal London Asset Management’s Orion Business Park and Hercules Business Park in Cheadle.
Rob Currie, development manager for Industrial Securities at Atlantic Park, said: “Having worked with Russells Construction many times in the past we know their reputation for high quality refurbishment projects is well founded. This, combined with the swift development programme and cost competitive tender, were key to our decision.
“Atlantic Park is an important development in the strategic and economic regeneration of this area. This latest phase of development complements Atlantic Park’s existing five-storey flagship Grade A office building, Alaska House, and shows our commitment to improving the quality of out-of-town office accommodation in the local area.”
Russells Construction has developed a specialism for high quality office refurbishments and new build commercial developments. Other recent commercial development projects include the £2m new build office at Springbank House in Altrincham for developer Property Alliance, the completion of a £400,000 head office revamp for haulier Longs of Leeds and the completion of a £400,000 warehouse and office facility for developer J&M Property Management in Runcorn.
The project will involve site preparation and infrastructure works to bring forward 22 hectares of land with the potential to develop approximately 75,000 sq m of office and industrial accommodation, create 1,500 jobs and attract £40 million of private sector investment.
An existing single-storey office building, will also undergo a comprehensive programme of refurbishment and remodelling to provide Grade A office accommodation.
Named Caspian House, the building will provide a modern efficient office space of around 3,500 sq m and will be available as a whole or sub-divided into two individual self-contained units with parking.
This latest phase of development complements Atlantic Park’s existing five-storey flagship Grade A office building, Alaska House, which was completed in 2008 to increase the quality of out-of-town office accommodation in the local area.
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive, NWDA, said:
“The provision of high quality employment sites and office premises is crucial if the region is to continue its strong track record in attracting investment, a key economic driver for the North West.
“The development of the Atlantic Park site, which is designated one of the region’s key strategic regional sites, will play a key role in supporting the growth of the local economy. The site has the potential to generate significant new employment opportunities for the local community and attract new investment into the area and this investment will help to unlock this potential and enable the scheme to move forward.”
Gareth Dickinson of Royal London Asset Management, the owners of the site, said:
“Investment of this scale allows us to kick-start the next phase of our speculative development and is a vital step towards making Atlantic Park a key employment site.
“A 36 week programme of works can now begin and will see us bring additional high quality space and much needed choice to the office market in the north of Liverpool. Caspian House will be completed by the end of the year and the site wide infrastructure will be in place by March 2011.”
Phil Davies, ERDF Programme Monitoring Committee member, said:
“This investment is welcome news for Sefton. It will enable a key business development for the area to move forward that has the potential to create a significant number of new jobs for local people, one of the key aims of the Northwest ERDF Programme.”
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One of Merseyside’s largest industrial sheds has been placed on the market by owners Royal London Asset Management (RLAM). RLAM owns the Atlantic Park site in North Liverpool and is now marketing the 221,000 sq ft industrial shed as ‘Big Ft2’.
Big Ft2 boasts impressive eave heights of 13-18m, substantial floor loading, craneage facilities and high power supply. It was formerly the home of Rolls Royce’s turbine factory.
Jonathan Atherton, industrial agent at GVA Grimley said: “Big Ft2 offers a specification which will suit manufacturing, engineering and distribution companies alike. It has excellent links to the M57 motorway and the Port of Liverpool and will be available on competitive leases.
“It’s quite unusual to find all these qualities in one site and with additional land available for expansion it offers a whole host of options for occupiers. We’re already receiving interest from tenants from across the North West.”This news follows the relocation of Rolls Royce and the recent letting to Sulzer Pumps of 90,000 sq ft of industrial space at the end of 2008.
It’s ‘Regeneration’ Up
Whilst 2008 may not have been a high watermark for city centre lettings, Liverpool’s out of town market came of age
For the first time take-up in the decentralised office market exceeded that of the city centre. This was predominately due to the lack of large deals from both the public and professional sectors, which have been the “backbone” of the City Centre office market for much of the past decade. This was coupled with an increase in speculative development levels in the decentralised market providing occupiers with greater choice and lower rental levels and resulting in higher levels of transactional activity.Two of the largest deals in 2008 were completed in the decentralised market thus boosting overall take-up figures to a record high.
Liverpool’s commercial property market’s evolution has mirrored much of what happened in Manchester during the mid to late 1990’s. At that time take-up in the decentralised office market regularly equalled or exceeded that of the city centre and was predominantly due to the increase in development, demand and activity within the South Manchester office market, fuelled by the growth of the airport.
There are a number of comparisons that can be drawn between the out-of-town office markets in both Greater Manchester and Liverpool.
Merseyside has a relatively immature decentralised office market, but like Manchester, the first and most successful schemes were developed to the south of the city, close to the airport where significant investment and improvement to the road and public transport infrastructures had already been made.
The emergence of a strong edge-of-town office and industrial market in Merseyside prompted speculative investment and that has gone some way to change the fortunes of North Liverpool.
For a long time there had been a lack of new or speculative office development in North Merseyside and while it had always been well known for its established industrial and commercial base, it was lacking the high quality Grade A office space needed to attract high calibre businesses. Atlantic Park combines Grade A offices with industrial space and has paved the way for regeneration and development and provided a much needed mixed use offering.
Schemes like Atlantic Park have allowed the north to compete with successful schemes such as Estuary Commerce Park and Boulevard Industry Park to the south, and has finally rounded Merseyside’s commercial property offering.