Property giant Peel has put forward plans for a huge 175,000 sq ft industrial unit in South Liverpool – as the logistics market gears up for the launch of Liverpool2 later this year.
Peel Logistics, a division of Peel Land & Property, has submitted a planning application for the unit, designed by AEW Architects, at Liverpool International Business Park.
Demand for industrial and logistics space is expected to soar in the coming years following the opening of the Liverpool2 deep water port facility which is designed to handle most of the world’s biggest container ships.
Peel Ports, another division of the Peel group, claims Liverpool2 will revolutionise the UK logistics markets.
Currently, the bulk of goods imported into the UK via cargo ships, arrive at ports in the south of England and are then taken by road to distribution hubs in the Midlands.
Peel is aiming to grab a big slice of that shipping market and provide a catalyst for the creation of a major logistics hub across the North West.
The 12.5m high facility proposed for the business park in Speke will also offer a full length service yard.
Matthew Fitton, development director at Peel Logistics, said: 'Peel Logistics is committed to bringing forward development opportunities within the portfolio and the submission of the full planning application is an example of us preparing oven-ready sites.
'So when an occupational requirement comes forward we are well positioned to react quickly to the increasingly competitive delivery timescales that the market requires.
'Having sites fully-serviced with planning consents in place is key achieving this oven ready concept.'
Turley acted as planning consultants and DBK are the cost consultants for the project. JLL and Cushman Wakefield are the retained letting agents.
Peel Logistics covers 69 sites across more than 6,000 acres of land.