Plan to restore historic Hulton Park and bring championship golf to Bolton

Peel Land and Property, has announced a major new investment with exciting plans to restore the historic Hulton Park Estate in Bolton.

Peel’s initial proposals include the restoration of Hulton Park through the creation of a championship golf course and resort that will be capable of hosting major tournaments. The project is designed with the specific objective of delivering the largest and most prestigious of golf events and tournaments.

In addition to the golf course and clubhouse, the proposals include a golf training academy, a new hotel on the site of the former Hulton Hall, the restoration of lost gardens, lakes and pleasure grounds, a community trail and new homes.

The plans will deliver significant local benefits to Bolton and Greater Manchester, including the restoration of a degraded heritage park, a major boost to tourism and sport, new jobs, skills and education opportunities. In addition, there will be new homes to help meet local housing needs, and a range of health and wellbeing benefits.

A new ‘Hulton Trail’ is being proposed as part of this major investment to improve community access.

Peel will be holding consultation events for local residents over the coming months to hear their views and seek feedback on the initial proposals. Residents can keep updated by visiting this website and signing up to the mailing list for regular updates, on our contact page.

Richard Knight, Planning Director at Peel said; “We are very excited to be announcing our proposals for Hulton Park today and look forward to working with local residents and stakeholders to create an enduring legacy for Bolton in which heritage, recreation and sport work together to provide the Park with an exciting future.”

“We are keen to hear the views of local residents and will shortly be hosting a number of consultation events to gather feedback and maximise positive outcomes for the local area, from now, through construction and over the long term after the development has taken place.”

Cllr Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council said, “The proposals being brought forward by Peel would be a significant investment into Bolton with thousands of jobs for local people. The plans also present a fantastic opportunity to discuss possible solutions to some of the challenges facing surrounding communities that we are keen to explore, largely around infrastructure. I believe that it would firmly place Bolton on the map as a destination for sporting excellence and I look forward to seeing how the plans progress.”

For more information please visit www.hultonpark.co.uk

PEEL LOGISTICS TO JOIN FORCES WITH EVANDER PROPERTIES

Peel Logistics today announced that the Directors of Evander Properties (Evander), Jeremy Greenland and Neil Dickinson, will become shareholders and assume senior leadership positions within Peel Logistics.  Peel Logistics will benefit from Jeremy and Neil’s long experience in developing and managing logistics property across the UK, as well as their extensive occupier and investor relationships.

With the addition of Evander’s existing projects to the Peel Logistics platform, the combined business will be ideally placed to fulfil its ambition of becoming a leading national logistics property business, providing best-in-class solutions for occupiers and institutional investors.

Evander Properties  
Jeremy Greenland has more than 22 years of experience in the UK logistics sector.  Prior to founding Evander in 2007, Jeremy worked at ProLogis, Astral Developments and JLL.  He was joined at Evander by former ProLogis colleague, Neil Dickinson, in 2008. Since inception, Evander has undertaken over 4.7 million square feet (sq ft) of logistics development with a GDV in excess of £360 million on behalf of institutional investors.

Jeremy Greenland said: “Neil and I have built a successful business by taking a selective approach to development opportunities and maintaining a clear focus on the occupier proposition. We are excited about the opportunity to combine our relationships and development skills with those of Peel Logistics.”

Evander’s existing institutional clients include L&G, M&G, AVIVA, BA Pension Fund and Rockspring with speculative and bespoke solutions being delivered for occupiers including John Lewis, Waitrose, ASOS.com and Debenhams.

Peel Logistics
Peel Logistics was launched in July 2015 as a joint venture between Peel Land and Property Group and Macquarie Capital. Peel Logistics is seeded with capital from Peel and Macquarie and to date has focused on exploiting opportunities sourced from its privileged access to Peel’s strategic land bank.

In 2016 Peel Logistics completed its first two projects; a 280,000 sq ft warehouse let to Great Bear (formerly Culina) at Port Salford and a 175,000 sq ft speculative development at Liverpool International Business Park.
In addition to becoming co-investing shareholders in Peel Logistics, Jeremy Greenland has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Neil Dickinson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.  Jeremy and Neil will be responsible for the growth of Peel Logistics including the integration of Evander and Peel Logistics’ current projects and sourcing new acquisition opportunities in key UK logistics markets.  They will work alongside Peel Logistics’ existing Development Director, Matt Fitton.

Peel Logistics operates nationwide with projects across major logistics markets, including the Midlands, South-East, North-West and Yorkshire.  Peel Logistics plans to grow via the acquisition of targeted strategic land sites, development opportunities and income producing opportunities. Third party institutional capital will be sought to support this growth strategy.

Steven Underwood, Chief Executive of the Peel Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Evander team is joining forces with Peel Logistics. Jeremy and Neil bring a tremendous amount of credibility and a track record that will enhance our ability to grow the business, exploiting opportunities across Peel’s existing extensive pipeline of logistics sites and via the acquisition and development of high quality logistics space across the UK.”

Jonathan Harris, Macquarie Capital Head of European Real Estate, said: “We continue to see deep demand from global institutional investors for UK logistics real estate. The combination of a management owned platform, highly experienced leadership, first-class development capability and the support of Peel and Macquarie should be an attractive proposition for a range of investors.”

 

GLOUCESTER RUGBY BEACH WEEKENDER AT GLOUCESTER QUAYS, BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND, AUGUST 27,28 AND 29

There will be all the thrills and spills of a seaside-style sporting extravaganza when Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender returns to Gloucester Quays Outlet this August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Tons of sand are being brought to Gloucester Quays to create not one but two special beaches at Orchard Square for this fantastic family event.

Even though Gloucester may be the UK’s most inland port, there will be plenty of sand and seaside fun at the dockside location for everyone to enjoy.

Gloucester Quays is teaming up with Gloucester Rugby for the Beach Weekender which takes place from Saturday, August 27 to Bank Holiday Monday August 29. It will be open from 10am to 9pm on Saturday, 10am to 8pm on Sunday and 10am to 6pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Beach Weekender will feature a thrilling Beach Rugby 7s on the main beach as well as cricket and football games and coaching and a host of activities to keep children and adults entertained.

There will be a unique chance to meet the star Gloucester Rugby players on the afternoon of Sunday August 28 on the beach and an opportunity to get photos and autographs with Gloucester’s sporting legends.

Mike Turner, Commercial Director at Gloucester Rugby, said: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Gloucester Quays once again for our second Rugby Beach Weekender, which promises to be even bigger and better than last year. The event has such a great family atmosphere and the players are all on top form and full of enthusiasm as we move into this exciting new season.”

Now in its second year, Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender will also feature a second family beach in Orchard Square where young and old can chill out, complete with deckchairs, traditional Punch and Judy, face painting and much more.

There will also be a beach BBQ, live music from bands including Stripped Bare, Durandau Ballet, The Hush and Deja Vudoo, various DJs, the Best of Gloucestershire Market, together with delicious local food and drink.

Gloucester Quays centre manager Matt Bird said: “We are delighted to team up with Gloucester Rugby once again for what I am sure is going to be a wonderful fun-filled Bank Holiday Weekend for all the family.

“Gloucester Rugby is of course at the heart of our city and I’m sure many people will be eager to demonstrate their sporting skills as well as learning some new ones and meet their sporting heroes.

“Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender is going to be a terrific community event and we are expecting a great many visitors to head for the beach at Gloucester Quays.

“It will also provide an opportunity for visitors to see the fantastic brands we have here at Gloucester Quays with up to 70 per cent discount prices as well as enjoy our vibrant and rapidly expanding leisure quarter.”

Games will take place on the specially created lawn at Pillar and Lucy Square.

For more information about the Gloucester Rugby Beach Weekender visit www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk/beachweekender

Peel Logistics completes 175,000 sq ft industrial facility at Liverpool International Business Park

Peel Logistics has completed the first speculative development of its portfolio at Liverpool International Business Park. L175, the 175,000 sq. ft. industrial and logistics facility reached practical completion in August and is now available for occupation.

L175 is the largest speculative development for a decade in Liverpool and represents a significant investment by Peel Logistics.

Located adjacent to Liverpool Airport and close to Liverpool 2, L175 is also the only Grade A unit in excess of 100,000 sq ft within a 10 mile radius of Jaguar Land Rover providing significant cost savings for JLR supply chain businesses wishing to relocate to Liverpool International Business Park.

Matt Fitton, Development Director of Peel Logistics said “The completion of L175 within budget and on schedule is another significant milestone for Peel Logistics as it continues to build a reputation as a developer of high quality warehousing facilities.”

He continues, “The speculative development is particularly attractive to the automotive sector with Jaguar Land Rover situated just 5 minutes away at Halewood. The opening of Liverpool 2 in the near future provides a catalyst for increased warehousing demand in the region and makes L175 an excellent opportunity for occupiers seeking to expand or build a new presence in the North West.”

The building was constructed by Eric Wright Group and designed by AEW Architects. Managing Director of AEW, Steve Burne commented, “We have worked with the supply chain and the www.peellogistics.co.uk construction team to create a functional logistics facility meeting institutional standards with the flexibility to accommodate potential occupier requirements.”

Peel Logistics L175

TM Lewin to open new outlet store in Gloucester Quays

TM Lewin Gloucester Quays

TM Lewin is the latest new brand to sign at Gloucester Quays, following recent signings from Levi’s, Skechers and Phase Eight.

TM Lewin, the world-famous Jermyn Street brand, has signed for a new 187.6 sq m (2,019 sq ft) outlet store on a five year lease and joins other leading brands such as All Saints, Fat Face, Jaeger, The North Face and Clarks, at the rapidly expanding waterfront outlet shopping, leisure and entertainment complex.

The new store will offer discounts on its range of high quality shirts, suits, casualwear and accessories for both men and women, as well as a high quality tailoring apparel service to suit all sizes.  

Tim Matthews of TM Lewin said: “Gloucester Quays was a natural choice for TM Lewin given its excellent geographical catchment with an impressive line-up of retail brands, restaurants and entertainment.”

The store will benefit from the wider offering, including the Cineworld 10 screen fully digitised cinema, 18 restaurants, bars and cafes together with a 24/7 Health Club.

Jason Pullen, Managing Director of Peel Outlets, said: “Gloucester Quays is on the radar of retail and leisure/lifestyle operators thanks to both regional dominance and rising footfall. This is a centre which has customer pulling power and the growth in both footfall and the important addition of TM Lewin will further enhance that.”

Adrian Wright, Leasing Director of Peel Outlets, said: “Gloucester Quays is creating a major lifestyle and leisure experience and TM Lewin will add to the already strong lineup of high quality brands at the centre offering discounts of up to 70%. Occupier interest in the Quays has been strong as we set out to create an offer that expands the centre and, extends its appeal into fashion, whilst complemented as a growing destination for food and film.”
The new store is scheduled to open this week.

Perfect Fit Media wins exclusive TRAFFORDCITY contract

Perfect Fit Media

Perfect Fit Media has been granted exclusive rights to advertising and sponsorship within TraffordCity as part of its license to maintain the area’s landscaping.

Part of the Peel Group, Perfect Fit Media, secured the contract from Trafford Council, following an existing license which included various advertising and sponsorship sites within the area. Under the new license, which is secured for a 21 year period, Perfect Fit Media has exclusivity within the destination’s boundaries and has plans to develop a number of new creative media sites, including large format digital.

Matthew Carroll, Business Development and Operations Director at Perfect Fit Media, said: "We’ve worked closely with the council for many years to maintain the landscaping areas surrounding intu Trafford Centre. This additional long-term agreement gives Perfect Fit Media the opportunity to further enhance their creativity, managing the landscaping and media sites within TraffordCity.”

Perfect Fit Media is currently progressing with plans for three iconic large format digital media sites to be erected within TraffordCity under the new contract, with further sites planned for the future.

Diane Rhodes, Sales and Development Director for Perfect Fit Media said: "As owner operators at Perfect Fit Media, we’re in a unique position which gives us an in-depth understanding of our audiences. We’re able to add value and enhance the sense of place with intelligent advertising which matches specific brands to the correct demographically aligned audiences.

“We’ll continue to work closely with the council to develop relevant and exciting high impact iconic media sites using the latest digital technology, creating fantastic opportunities for brands, retailers and products to be seen within the dynamic North West environment.”

The TraffordCity destination attracts over 44 million visitors every year with its world-class leisure, entertainment and retail facilities.

Helen Jones Deputy Chief Executive from Trafford Council said: "We’re delighted to award the long-term landscaping contract to Perfect Fit Media and look forward to working closely together to enhance the TRAFFORDCITY area with high quality creative landscaping and fabulous new digital media opportunities.”

TraffordCity is the destination brand name for the area around intu Trafford Centre comprising 3.5 million square feet of retail, leisure and office space, and home to many of the region’s top attractions including Chill Factore, Trafford Golf Centre and the second largest event venue outside of London, EventCity, plus 282 hotel bedrooms and in excess of 150 acres of future development land.

 

Pupils join nature experts on Bioblitz and bug hunt at Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve

South Liverpool school pupils were among those who joined leading experts on wildlife, birds and mini beasts at the Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve to help find, identify and record local species as part of a scientific Bioblitz event.

More than 100 people participated in the two day event, which included nature walks led by representatives from the RSPB, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and other experts from the University of Manchester, Liverpool John Moores University, Bolton Museum and World Museum.  A group of 8 to 10 year olds from Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School, who form their school council, took part in collecting bugs and identifying and recording the species to present back to their classmates.

Class teacher, Laura Towers, from Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School, said: “The visit to Speke Garston Coastal Reserve formed part of our project focusing on the natural environment and was a brilliant way for the pupils to get involved in recognising and identifying different species of insects. We spotted butterflies, beetles and caterpillars and shared our findings with the rest of the class.”

The Bioblitz was organised by the Coastal Reserve Steering Group partners Peel, Liverpool City Council, the Liverpool Sailing Club and The National Trust.   

Rob Monaghan, Chair of the Coastal Reserve Steering Group said “The event was designed to encourage local people to learn more about their environment while helping the steering group to gather important scientific evidence of the wildlife present on site.”

David Thompson, development planning manager for Peel Land and Property, who own the Coastal Reserve, said: “It was great to see local children and families taking part in the Bioblitz activities, and enthusiastically learning about their natural environment. The Bioblitz event will provide new important scientific information on the wildlife using the site and we were delighted to have so many experts actively involved.

“The Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve is a great natural resource for the local community and we’re keen to encourage the enjoyment of the area whilst learning more about local species that live there.  We are grateful to all those who took part in the event and particularly to the Liverpool Sailing Club who provided the base camp for our activities.”

The Reserve comprises 70 acres of land stretching from Garston to Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the banks of the Mersey Estuary. With spectacular panoramic views across the Mersey Estuary, it provides a great location for walking, bird watching, relaxing and organised sailing.

Chris Tynan, Liverpool RSPB leader, who hosted several bird walks during the event, said: “The reserve offers the perfect setting to spot some fantastic birds and wildlife. It was great to be part of the Bioblitz and help to educate local people about wildlife.”

Species identified during the weekend event included water birds the Shelduck and Grey Heron, seabirds and waders such as the Whimbrel and Oystercatchers, woodland birds including the Chiffcaff and a high circling Kestrel. Insects and minibeasts identified included the Brimstone, Peacock, Orange Tip and White butterflies plus bees, beetles and caterpillars. A twilight bat walk also took place, where participants learnt how to spot and identify local bats.

The ecologists and specialists are now assessing the specimens and information they collected and a report documenting their findings will be published before the end of the year.  A copy of the report will be included on Peel and Liverpool City Council’s websites.

The new information collected is also expected to be added to the Merseyside BioBank.  This Biobank is the Local Records Centre for Merseyside, where biological and environmental information is collected and is made available to people interested in knowing more about their local environment.  The Biobank can be accessed via: http://www.merseysidebiobank.org.uk/

The Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve can be accessed off Blackburn Street or via Speke Hall, where the National Trust offer a 2.4 mile trail from their site into the Coastal Reserve. Visitors entering the reserve through Speke Hall will need to pay an entrance fees to enter the Hall gardens.

For more information about the Coastal Reserve please visit:
http://www.oceangateway.co.uk/projects/speke-garston-reserve
http://liverpool.gov.uk/coastalreserve
http://www.liverpoolsailingclub.org/
For more details on the National Trust trail visit:
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall-garden-and-estate/trails/the-garston-coastal-reserve-trail

 

Bioblitz

FRODSHAM WIND FARM GAINS UK’S FIRST CONSTRUCTION WILDLIFE AWARD

Frodsham Wind Farm is the first construction site in the UK to achieve a new award from the Wildlife Trusts for its commitment to protecting and enhancing wildlife at its Cheshire site.

The rigorous ‘Biodiversity Benchmark: Design for Construction’ is part of the Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark initiative and requires companies to implement the highest standard of environmental management systems, bringing awareness of any wildlife on a site into the early stages of a project so that protection and enhancement can be planned.

Peel Energy, joint owner of the site, has worked closely with environmental partners at a local and national level, including the RSPB, local birdwatchers, the borough council, the tenant farmer and Cheshire Wildlife Trust to protect and enhance the wildlife at the Frodsham Wind Farm site. Standing close to the Mersey Estuary and the Manchester Ship Canal, the site is an important ecological area which provides feeding and breeding areas for wading bird species.

Special conservation measures taken at Frodsham Wind Farm include redesigning site infrastructure during the early stages of construction, in order to protect badger setts and other species on the site.

Other measures have included creating new wetland areas known as ‘wader scrapes’ providing feeding areas for wading birds and a 25 year commitment to managing a large expanse of reed bed to enhance natural habitat for numerous bird species, including the Eurasian Marsh Harrier.

Muir Miller, Managing Director of Peel Energy, said: “Peel Energy is proud to be developing the first construction site in the UK to achieve the biodiversity benchmark award for our work at Frodsham Wind Farm.
“The team has worked exceptionally hard to achieve this accreditation, with measures taken to protect biodiversity at all stages since the very outset of this project. To have this important work recognised at a national level by the Wildlife Trusts is extremely rewarding and sets a standard for future construction projects across the UK.”

Once operational, Frodsham Wind Farm’s 19 wind turbines will generate over 50 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.

For more information visit www.peelenergy.co.uk/frodsham

A Marsh Harrier as photographed by Richard Steel, who is working with Peel Energy on this project.

A Marsh Harrier as photographed by Richard Steel, who is working with Peel Energy on this project.

PEEL UNVEILS ITS VISION FOR LARGE SCALE PRS AND WATERFRONT LIVING

Peel Land and Property has today announced ambitious plans to deliver over 30,000 residential units across its Strategic Waters sites which could bring a total investment value of £4.5 billion over the next 30 years.

Peel is seeking institutional and residential development partners to help deliver a mixture of medium and high rise apartments as well as town houses over its seven Strategic Waters sites in Manchester, Liverpool, Chatham, Glasgow, Wirral, Trafford and MediaCityUK.

These Strategic Waters sites benefit from either consented planning permissions or approved regeneration masterplans. The portfolio of units is made up of 23,500 within the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone (Wirral and Liverpool)  and 7,000 new homes in Greater Manchester at MediaCityUK, Trafford Waters and Manchester Waters. Glasgow Harbour has approval for up to 1,400 dwellings while Chatham Waters has outline approval for 1,000 units on the River Medway.

Peel’s vision is to regenerate and transform these former industrial sites on dockland, canal and river banks into attractive and sustainable waterfront living locations that will bring new infrastructure, public realm and environmentalimprovements. These mixed use schemes will also feature commercial, retail, educational and leisure opportunities.

Peel’s Director of Residential Development Neil Baumber who was appointed in 2015 to co-ordinate and manage the procurement of these development partnerships said: “The ‘Strategic Waters’ sites give us a fantastic portfolio of locations to develop exciting new residential dwellings. This is all about regenerating urban areas, where there is a shortage of housing, into attractive waterfront locations where young professionals, families and key workers can live. These units will be a mixture of tenure from institutional and individual PRS to open market sale.”

James Whittaker - Peel Land and Property Group Development Director added:  “From the start of the recession in 2008 Peel have been undeterred in its investment of our ‘Strategic Waters’ sites, securing planning permission in readiness for the return of the residential market. Now with financial institutions focused on investing in this sector it will enable Peel to fast track the development programme on our consented residential and mixed used sites. Peel has already built up a number of successful residential partnerships with X1 and Moda Living among others and has also delivered its own residential stock through Peel Living.
“Scale is attractive to the larger institutions and developers and we can deliver that. The fact these schemes are by water, adds value, it’s where people can live work and socialise.”

For more information please contact: Joanne Whittaker on 0789 481 5568 or jowhittaker@peel.co.uk or Sarah Shimwell on 0161 629 8489 SShimwell@peel.co.uk

 

Peel Retail Park Straiton to deliver Scotland’s largest Next store

Peel Retail Parks today announced ambitious plans to develop a new 80,000sqft anchor store at Peel Retail Park Straiton, Edinburgh, which has been pre-let to Next.

Building work has commenced on site with the new store set to open in June 2016. Once completed, it will become the largest Next store in Scotland and one of the retailer’s biggest out of town units in the UK.

The new store signifies the third expansion for Next at Straiton, with Peel and Next working collaboratively in delivering each phase of development and growth.

In total, Next will have increased its gross floor space from 15,000sqft to 80,000sqft over a three-year period. This is testament to the rapid progression at Straiton and the attraction of the Next product offering, which has widened the appeal of the park which already attracts in excess of 6million visitors per annum.

The new store will create 110 jobs for the local area and offer customers an extensive product range of women’s wear, men’s wear, home and children’s clothing, plus a click and collect service.

Next will occupy a fully refurbished and redeveloped store, strategically anchoring one end of the recently remodelled and upgraded upper terrace, dramatically improving connectivity with Sainsbury’s, Costco and Ikea. This is complemented by a complete overhaul of the Straiton Road frontage enhancing the visibility and prominence of the scheme. The new Next store will be clad in Jura limestone to the main façade together with a substantial curtain walling glazing system.

Mark Whittaker, Group Property Director at Peel Land and Property, said: “Recently ranked a Top 20 UK Retail Park by Property Week, the continued investment, development and focus on design progression at Straiton, has enabled Peel and Next to exchange contracts to deliver what will become the largest Next store in Scotland. Peel has for the last five years been working hard on repositioning Straiton and we are delighted that we are now in a position to announce this truly transformational deal.”

“Benefiting from its strategic central position on the City of Edinburgh bypass, with retailers reporting exceptional like-for-like sales growth, we feel Straiton is perfectly placed to position itself firmly in the upper tier of the UK retail hierarchy, bringing significant economic benefits to the wider Edinburgh area. We will now continue the exceptional momentum we have generated and focus on bringing more exciting retail and leisure providers to the park, developing our unbuilt planning consent and delivering against our business plan.”

This agreement with Next follows the additions of Outfit, Nike, Matalan, Sofaworks and Nandos to the ever strengthening retailer line up at Straiton.