Two of Peel’s Manchester heritage sites recognised for national importance

Citi Airport Manchester, Peel

Two of Manchester’s historic landmarks, the Barton Aqueduct and City Airport, formerly known as Barton Aerodrome, have been awarded Transport Heritage Site plaques for their national contributions to transport and engineering.

Both owned by The Peel Group, City Airport and Barton Aqueduct have been honoured with the renowned ‘Red Wheel’ plaques, issued by the Transport Trust, the charity that works to recognise the unique transport heritage of the country.

The plaques have been awarded based on the important contributions both sites have made to transport and engineering in the local area and nationally, with both holding firsts in their fields.

The Barton Aqueduct, first built by James Brindley in 1761 and rebuilt in 1893 by Edward Leader Williams, was modified from a masonry structure to its current swing construction to accommodate seafaring ships using the Manchester Ship Canal. Upon its opening – and to this day – it was the first, and only, swing aqueduct in the world, and is still used today by narrowboats traversing the Bridgewater Canal.

Peter Parkinson, the Bridgewater Canal General Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to receive this recognition for the famous Barton Aqueduct Swing Bridge. The aqueduct is a historic and unique engineering marvel which carries the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal. We hope that the Red Wheel plaque will encourage more people to visit the aqueduct and see this fascinating piece of Manchester’s history in the making.”

The Barton Aerodrome, now known as City Airport, was Britain’s first municipal airport. It opened in 1930, predating Manchester Ringway (now Manchester Airport) by eight years, and has the oldest continually used control tower in the UK, in operation since 1932.

Nick Duriez, Airport Director at City Airport, said:  “We’re honoured that City Airport’s unique heritage has been recognised by the Transport Trust with the award of a Red Wheel. As a small airfield, it is a great tribute that our part in transforming municipal air travel is recognised. We’re also pleased to see our control tower receive the award of the oldest continually used control tower in the UK. These accolades, I’m sure, will put City Airport on the map for those interested in air history”.

The ‘Red Wheel’ plaques were unveiled by Sir William McAlpine, President of The Transport Trust, who said: “Our Red Wheel plaques commemorate Britain's rich and globally important legacy in the development of transport and highlight key locations of engineering and transport importance. Both Barton Aqueduct and City Airport (Barton Aerodrome) are hugely significant in Britain’s history of transport and we’re delighted to award these plaques for current and future generations to see.”

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Plans to bring an exciting new community to Greater Manchester have been given the green light by Trafford Council which is expected to create 5,000 jobs and bring 3,000 new homes, local amenities, over 100,000 sqft of commercial space and a new primary school to Trafford.
Over the next 20 years, the £1 billion investment by Peel Land and Property will create Trafford Waters - a vibrant, new neighbourhood, which will be situated on 50 acres of land along the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal within Traffordcity, home of intu Trafford Centre and other major regional attractions.

This sustainable development will significantly contribute to the local housing needs of a growing population and will include family homes, as well as a new primary school and health and community facilities, to support its new residents.

Reflecting the model of other successful mixed-use waterfront developments by Peel, such as MediaCityUK, there will be 16 acres of high quality, open landscaped space which is the equivalent of 11 football pitches. This will include four multi-use games areas and children’s play parks for the community to enjoy. This area will be activated by ground floor, small-scale shops as well as food and drink outlets.

James Whittaker, Peel Land and Property’s Group Development Director, said: “Trafford Waters will bring a unique neighbourhood to Greater Manchester, which will not only provide much-needed residential housing but also office space which will help unlock business and employment opportunities.

“The development will be sustainable and feature cycleways, plenty of landscaped, green spaces and waterways, making it a really attractive place to live, work and play. It will be a high quality development that will feature everything families would expect an established urban community to have and we’re very excited to be bringing this to the people of Trafford.”
Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council added: “Trafford Waters has all of the characteristics to be a model for urban regeneration and the creation of a high quality place that people choose to live and work.  This sustainable development will bring significant investment into Trafford alongside a further boost for our local economy, already the most resilient in the North West.

“That the application has been granted on the very day final approval has been received to commence construction of the Metrolink Trafford Park line, simply goes to show that where we have a plan for major development, the necessary improvements to public transport and roads alongside new schools and green spaces can be a reality.”

Peel has directly committed to spending £30 million towards the new extended A57 road into Traffordcity at junction 10 of the M60, which includes a new lifting bridge link crossing the Manchester Ship Canal adjacent to Barton Bridge. This new link bridge and road is due to be completed next year, which will further enhance its accessibility.

Peel’s Trafford Waters project team include: NJL Consulting, the IBI Group, Gillespies, The Traffic Transport and Highway Consultancy, BWB Consulting and The Remarkable Group.


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.”

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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, 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.”



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.

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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 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:

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.

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