LANDMARK MOMENT: First ever Wirral Waters residents will move in next spring
A Town House at Wirral Waters
The first ever Wirral Waters residents will move in next spring, in a landmark moment for the project.
Wirral Waters, a project led by Peel L&P which is set to deliver up to 13,000 homes on the former Birkenhead docks over the next 30 years, was beset by delays in its early days.
But by next April at the latest buyers will move into the first 30 homes at the East Float development on Birkenhead’s Tower Road.
East Float, a joint venture between Peel L&P and Urban Splash, will contain 350 homes once it is completed.
Two types of homes will be built at East Float, ‘Row House’ homes and ‘Town House’ homes.
The Row House homes are designed to look like modern mews style homes, or ‘urban cottages’.
At Wirral Waters, they come in three sizes; a two-bedroom, two-storey home, a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half storey home with a roof terrace, and the largest, a four-bedroom, three-storey home.
The homes were made at Urban Splash’s factory in the East Midlands, before being delivered to Wirral by road.
Also available at the site are three-storey town houses.
Residents can customise these homes to fit their needs, with options such as a five-bedroom house with home offices, a ‘garden living’ home with living space downstairs, or ‘loft living’ with bedrooms on the ground floor and open plan living areas upstairs.
These homes are part of the Northbank development, which will eventually deliver 1,106 homes on the Birkenhead docks.
A key part of Wirral Waters according to Richard Mawdsley, Peel L&P’s director of development at Wirral Waters, is green space and top quality cycling and walking infrastructure.
Mr Mawdsley told the LDRS that “last mile connectivity” was crucial, so that people wanting to get to Hamilton Square station for trains to the rest of Wirral and beyond did not have to drive.
The director of development added that changes to Tower Road to create more space for cyclists and pedestrians were crucial to making sure that Wirral Waters would work in the future, given the need to cut down on driving.
He added that several green spaces and shared gardens are being created within Wirral Waters, something which will help reduce flood risk not only along Tower Road, but in other parts of Birkenhead as well.
This comes on the day that Peel L&P were given planning permission for a new ‘Greenway’ project for a walkway and off-road cycle route along the north side of Beaufort Road and the east side of Wallasey Bridge Road.
The new plan will help people to travel around Wirral Waters in an eco-friendly way.
The Greenway will be separated from the road by a corridor, incorporating trees and a wildflower meadow.
This project is a key part of another Wirral Waters development called West Float, which will feature the Marine, Energy and Automotive Park (MEA Park), a waterside manufacturing, logistics and assembly campus, which Peel L&P hopes will become the industrial heart of Wirral.
On this, Mr Mawdsley said: “Wirral Council’s approval of the Greenway project signals the start of the redevelopment of the West Float neighbourhood and will play a key part in the delivery of MEA Park by improving the environment and linking it to the surrounding areas.
“These public realm improvements will improve the environment and provide further market confidence to investors and businesses looking to relocate to MEA Park.
“They will also make it easier for new employees and visitors to the West Float neighbourhood to walk, cycle or use public transport, enhancing the health and wellbeing of future residents and workers.”
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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